We arrived in Dazu town fairly late in the afternoon on the bus from Zigong. We hadn’t booked accommodation yet as there were no hostels in town.
Mistake Number 1.
We had locations of a few hotels we had researched and planned to check them out in person. We assumed the bigger named hotels would accept foreigners.
Mistake Number 2.
A few hours later after walking around and around, back and forth with our backpacks, we gave up. Every hotel wouldn’t accept us and didn’t want to know anything about it.
Now it was dark and cold and we were stuck on the street. We flagged down a taxi and went to the only international hotel in Dazu, the Ramada Hotel.
Super fancy. Super expensive.
Since Christmas was only a few days away, we decided this one night would have to be our Christmas present, so we made the most of our 5 star accommodation and chowed down on the open dinner buffet.
And by “making the most”, I mean stuffed our faces with every delicious option they had so we wouldn’t be hungry at all for a few days.
Merry Christmas to us!
Feeling refreshed (and still full), we headed out to the famous world heritage listed Dazu Rock Carvings (also known as the Dazu Caves of Grottoes). It is a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings dating back from the 7th century and influenced from Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.
We visited the Bao Dang Shan (Mountain) area and spent several hours wandering around the myriad carving sites. Although we had to weave our way through several primary school tour groups, we were able to get up close for great detailed photos.
There are so many different carvings to look at, so our photos come with the descriptive plaques to differentiate them all.
Unfortunately the famous 1000 Golden Hands Buddha was under restoration but we glimpsed it briefly through the covers.
Although staying in Dazu and travelling to the site was fairly annoying, we’re still glad we made the effort to visit.
Visited 18th December 2013.