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Dazu Grottoes


Dazu Grottoes Profile
With Buddhist themes as its major theme, The Dazu Grottoes boasts exquisite art and rich contents, playing a vital role in the history of the grotto art in China. Moreover, enjoying the same fame with Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, it has been listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site and a large number of tourists come here to pay a visit every year.

Location
This attraction is situated in Dazu County, Chongqing, southeast of Sichuan Province.

History
Its construction began during the Tang Dynasty and lasted to the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. In the middle and late period of the ancient China, Dazu Grottoes was prosperous in particular.

Architecture
Dazu Grottoes mainly consists of rock carvings in Baodingshan, Nanshan, Shimenshan, Beishan and Shizhuanshan. All of them stand for the highest achievement and display the finest techniques.
To the northeast of Dazu County, The Baodingshan Rock Carving is composed of 13 groups of stone carving figures. Here, you will have the chance to appreciate the authentic Buddhist rock art.
Nanshan Rock Carving is located in the southeast of the county. In the part, the Taoism doctrine is the theme.
Shizhuanshan Rock Carving to the southwest of the county will show you the niche of Confucius and Lao Tzu.
Moreover, you will see the elaborate statue of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva in the Beishan Rock Carving to the northwest. This section displays the common Buddhist faith.
Besides, the Shimenshan Rock Carving contains Buddhist and Taoist statues with the latter one as its major component. Furthermore, you will also enjoy inscriptions and remarks.

Transportation
As for how to get there, the most convenient way is to take a bus from Chongqing to Dazu County, which will spend you 2 hours.

Admission fee
The admission fee for this attraction is RMB 120 including Baodingshan and Beishan, RMB 80 for only Baodingshan and RMB 60 for Beishan.

Note
Ití»s open to the public form 8:40 to 17:00 and you are suggested to have a visit here for 1.5 hours.





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