Dazu Rock Carving

Dazu County, reputed as 'the county of rock carving' is located at the southeast of Sichuan province. It is 271 kilometers from Chengdu on its west and 167 kilometers from Chongqing on its east. The whole county has an area of 1,400 square kilometers (about 540.5 square miles), and it has a history of 1,230 years since it came into existence in 758 during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Dazu Rock Carvings is as famous as the Mogao Cave in Dunhuang, Gansu Province. The rock carvings in these places are very distinguished both at home and abroad. Among the rock carvings, there are more than 5,000 statues and over100, 000 Chinese characters of inscriptions and epigraphs.
The carvings are not only beautiful pieces of art, but serve to depict Chinese culture and its influences at that time. The art includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian figures, which distinguishes them from other grotto arts at that time. The statues also personify the daily lives of people in ancient times. Here are some guide information when traveling Dazu Rock Carving: Address: Dazu County of Chongqing; Admission Fee: High Season (Mar.1 to Nov.30): CNY100 for Baodingshan; CNY80 for Beishan; CNY140 for combined ticket of the two sights;Low Season (Dec.1 to Feb.28/29); Opening hours: 08:40 a.m-17:00 p.m;Contact Hotline: 86 23 43722744

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