Dazu Rock Carvings

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Dazu Rock Carvings
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Top 4 must see carvings
in the Baodingshan site


Reclining Buddha

A 30 meter (100 foot) long carving of the elderly Buddha at the final stage of attaining nirvana. He's flanked by statuary of his disciples (see photo on page one).

Great Buddhist Crescent

A thousand sculptures are carved on a long, continuous amphitheatre-shaped cliff. Impressive.

Wheel of the Universe

Anicca (representing the Buddhist belief in the impermanence of existence) holds a large disc-shaped stone wheel carved with animals.

Thousand Arms

The 1007 arms of the Buddhist deity Avalokitesvara are broadly spread out, peacock style.


Most of the artwork is Buddhist related, though the Confucian and Taoist persuasions are represented. In some cases, there is an obvious convergence of the three themes.

Secular life

It is also embodied in the Dazu Rock Carvings. Even the images of ordinary people doing everyday chores were sculpted in stone.


The Dazu Rock Carvings are in Dazu county, a political unit of the Chongqing municipality.

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