Dazu Rock Carving is a world cultural heritage site and one of the eight famous Buddhist carvings in the world. It is the catch-all term of all Buddhist carvings located in the Dazu district of the southwest part of China. So far, there are 75 grottos announced as heritage units.
There were estimated 50,000 statues that represent the highest level of grotto arts from the 9-13 century, which are a final estimate Buddhist rock carving arts signify Buddhist rock carvings art’s vital development and change in Tang and Song dynasty (approximately 700-1400 years ago) from different aspects. It is also called “Moya Carving”, which means to carve directly on the natural cliffs. At the same time, it has an irreplaceable value of history, art, and science of earlier stage Buddhist rock carvings. There is a rock carving about three traditional spirits including Buddhists, Daoists, and Confucianism. Dazu Rock Carving has great effects on the art of architecture and culture.
Thee carvings were carved to publicize and show respect to God. Dazu is one of five large rock carving sites. The carvings on the North and Baoding Mountains are most significant. Those rock carvings have been well preserved and show characters of religious stories as well as people of different social levels, depicting everyday life. Learning something before your visit or hiring a guide might be useful. It has a variety of rich content and a well-preserved reputation around the world.
Buddhist rock carving is a historical heritage site.
Bus: shuttle bus is available at Chongqing Caiyuanba and Yangjiaping bus station. The trip takes about 2.5 hours.
Baoding Mountain to North Mountain takes about 5 minutes and costs 60-70 yuan by taxi.