Dazu Rock Carvings - China

Baoding Shan
62 miles west of Chongqing you can visit the Dazu Rock Carvings ( 大 足 石刻 ). In the hillsides around the city of Dazu 50 000 statues were carved in the rocks. Most are located on the North Hill and the Treasure Chest Mountain - Baoding Shan.

The Treasure Chest Mountain, 6.3 miles northeast of Dazu, is the second most important mountain for Buddhists in China. Baoding Shan with its 10,000 sculptures has become a bible written in stone for the Buddhists. 



Most of these statues were made in the 11th and 12th Century. The statues show the Buddhist deities. They also show many examples of actions and their various punishments after death. Punishment can be avoided if you live a devout life and enter into Nirvana. 

Next to the sleeping Buddha, with a length of 98 ft, is Guanyin (觀音 - 观音) the God of Mercy with 1000 hands and 1000 eyes. It is the best known statue and appeared earlier in the form of a man and later in the form of a woman, as seen here during the Song Dynasty.

Since 1999, the rock sculptures of Dazu are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.



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