Dazu Rock Carvings

Dazu Rock Carvings 400
Rock carving of Sakyamuni Buddha
Photo by: Addictive Picasso, Creative Commons

This is the home of exquisitely carved and beautiful rock carvings, where a journal of a rich past is displayed. The influence of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism are found along the steep hills of the Dazu County. Dazu County is located south east of Sichuan province, which is known for its warm climate.

The county hosts forty sites of the world-renowned rock carvings where there are fifty thousand statues of Buddha included. The Dazu rock carvings became known for its artistic and exquisite demonstration of rock carving skills. This has made it a part of the Cultural Heritage List in 1999 together with other well-known rock carvings from other countries.

The rock carvings are found beginning in Dazu County to Baodingshan, Beishan, Nanshan, Shizhuanshan, and Shimensan; all of which are adjacent to Dazu County.

Baodingshan rock carvings are approximately fifteen kilometers northeast of Dazu County. There are a total of almost ten thousand figures categorized into thirteen carving groups with a strong influence of ethnic Buddhism.

Beishan rock carvings, on the other hand, are situated two kilometers northwest of Dazu County. Buddhist philosophy is reflected in each of the well-preserved statues and when it comes to elaborate and graceful craftsmanship, the ‘Oriental Venus’ or the Samantabhadra Bodhisattva stands out.

Nanshan and Shizhuanshan are both located south of Dazu County. At this location, a combination of Taoist, Buddhist, and Confucian influences are being integrated making a rare piece of rock carving that stands out among others.

Shimenshan is located twenty kilometers east of Dazu County where the carvings are more of a combination of Taoist and Buddhist influence. Most statues possess inscriptions about the statues.

During the summer months, Dazu County gets quite warm that it becomes unsuitable for most tourists. Spring, autumn, and winter months are ideal times to make a visit. The rock carvings are open for viewing from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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