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Visiting Dazu Rock Carvings in Chongqing
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Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings located in Dazu District, Chongqing, China. The carvings date back as far as the 7th century AD, depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs. Some are in rock-cut cave shrines, in the usual Chinese Buddhist style, but many others are rock reliefs carved into the open rock faces.

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The Outstanding UNESCO World-Heritage Site

The Outstanding UNESCO World-Heritage Site

1. Baodingshan Rock Carvings

1. Baodingshan Rock Carvings

Baodingshan is a mountain located at the northeast of the center of Dazu District, about 15 km from Longgang Town, with an altitude of 527.8 m.Baodingshan Rock Carvings was designed by Zhao Zhifeng, and he organized the construction of the carvings.The project started from 1174 and ended at 1252. In a word, Baodingshan is a large - scale ashram of Tibetan Buddhism, where holds nearly ten thousands of Buddha statues.This site is the most popular thing to do at Dazu Rock Carvings. Baodingshan Rock Carvings represents the highest sculpture art of China, and among all the sculptures, the Thousand - Hand Kwan - yin is called the national treasure of national treasures.It actually has 830 hands in total, and all of them are situated in a 7.7 m high and 12.5 m wide grotto.This statue combines sculpture, color paint and gild art into together, and it's just like the peacock spreads its tail, very stunning. You need to purchase Dazu Rock Carvings ticket to be able to see these carvings.

2. Beishan Rock Carvings

2. Beishan Rock Carvings

Baodingshan is a mountain located at the northeast of the center of Dazu District, about 15km from Longgang Town, with an altitude of 527.8m. Baodingshan Rock Carvings was designed by Zhao Zhifeng, and he organized the construction of the carvings. The project started from 1174 and ended at 1252. In a word, Baodingshan is a large-scale ashram of Tibetan Buddhism, where holds nearly ten thousands of Buddha statues. This site is the most popular thing to do at Dazu Rock Carvings. Baodingshan Rock Carvings represents the highest sculpture art of China, and among all the sculptures, the Thousand - Hand Kwan - yin is called the national treasure of national treasures.It actually has 830 hands in total, and all of them are situated in a 7.7 m high and 12.5 m wide grotto.This statue combines sculpture, color paint and gild art into together, and it's just like the peacock spreads its tail, very stunning. You need to purchase Dazu Rock Carvings ticket to be able to see these carvings.

3.  Nanshan Rock Carvings

3. Nanshan Rock Carvings

Another thing to do at Dazu Rock Carvings is to visit Nanshan. Located at 2km south of Longgang Town, with an altitude of 514m, Nanshan was called Guanghua Mountain in ancient time. With serene natural scenery, Nanshan was considered as the top 10 attractions in Dazu since the ancient time. The grottoes in Nanshan were carved between 1131 - 1162 on a 86m long cliff, with a height between 3.5m to 10.2m. Unlike other place, Nanshan Rock Carvings was themed on Taoism. There are 15 grottos in total, with 421 statues, and Sanqing Ancient Grotto is the representative work of Nanshan Rock Carvings. The carvings in Nanshan have vividly reflected belief changing process in 12th century.

4.  Shizhuanshan Rock Carvings

4. Shizhuanshan Rock Carvings

Shizhuanshan Rock Carvings is located at Fohui Village in Sanqu Town, which is 20km from Dazu District. It was carved from 1082 to 1090, and the carved cliff is about 130m long and 3m - 8m wide. It's the earliest rock carving district which combines Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism into together. There are ten grottes in Shizhuanshan, and the most famous one is No.6 grotto, which carved Confucius and the best 10 disciples of him, which is really rare in rock carvings in China. There is a different Dazu Rock Carvings ticket to enter this site.

Insider Tips

How to Get Tickets?

Dazu Rock Carvings ticket can be purchased when you arrive on site. Please note that every site requires different tickets, so be prepared and bring enough cash. You can also purchase the combined ticket if you plan to visit several sites. The sites are open at 8am to 6pm but the Dazu Rock Carvings ticket sale stops at 4.30pm. If you are traveling on a budget, the Dazu Rock Carvings ticket price is lower on off-season.

How To Get Around?

You can get around Dazu Rock Carvings by walking or hiking on every site. To get from one site to another, you need to take a bus or drive a car. You can also take a taxi, but the fare is a bit more expensive.

What Should I Wear?

Wear comfortable shoes, Dazu Rock Carvings are located on a hill and you will be walking a lot. Check the weather before you visit.

Facts

Best Time to Visit

Dazu Rock Carvings tickets can be purchased at any time of the year. Tourists are able to visit the sites anytime they want. You will need around 3 to 6 hours to explore these carvings, so we suggest that you arrive in the morning.

Currency

Yuan

Will I Need a Guide?

No, you will not need a guide to visit Dazu Rock Carvings. You can read about it online and get around the area easily. However, if you want to learn more about the carvings, you can hire a guide interpreter service for CNY 200 for a group of no more than 20 members

How To Get There?

Dazu District is located 167 km from the city center of Chongqing City. Travelers can take long distance coach to Dazu from Chongqing.Coach from Chongqing Caiyuanba Bus Station or Longtousi Bus Station to Dazu will take 1.5 hrs - 2 hrs, and the ticket is about CNY 50. After arriving Dazu, you can take bus No.205 and the last stop is entrance of Baodingshan Rock Carvings scenic area.This will take about half hour.If you are not in hurry, you can take this bus to Baodingshan. However, bus No .205 is very crowded, and there will be one every 20 to 30 minutes.If you are going to Beishan, you can take a taxi or just walk to there after arriving at Dazu Bus Station. The most convenient way to Dazu is taking private car to there, and this will only need about 40 minutes.After arriving at the scenic spot, park the car at the mountain foot, then walk to the scenic area. For travelers from Chengdu, you can take high speed train to Chongqing first, then transfer to Dazu, or you can take coach from Hehuachi in Chengdu to Dazu, and the journey is about 4 hours to 5 hours.

Additional Info

After finishing the tour in Beishan, it's hard to find a cab in the mountain, so tourists need to walk for a short distance to the mountain foot, and you can appreciate the mountainous scenery of Dazu during this time. Most tourists will first visit Baodingshan Rock Carvings, then visit Beishan Rock Carvings. It's rather far from Chongqing to Dazu, and if you only plan to spend one day in Dazu and return to Chongqing at the same day, and if you take coach to Dazu, then you will cost about 2.5 hours - 3 hours to the scenic area. So if you are short of time, it's suggested to visit Baodingshan Rock Carvings only.The best way is taking a private car to there.It 's more convenient to transfer between Baodingshan Rock Carvings, Beishan Rock Carvings and other three places. The transportation to other Rock Carvings sites are not convenient, so private car is your best choice.

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