China – Dazu Rock Carvings

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.

Ramada Hotel in Dazu

Ramada Hotel in Dazu

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.

First rock carvings we came across

First rock carvings we came across

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.

The Wheel of Life is very impressive

The Wheel of Life is very impressive

So many niches...

So many niches…

Reclining Buddha

Reclining Buddha

 

There are so many different carvings to look at, so our photos come with the descriptive plaques to differentiate them all.

So much to see

So much to see

Carvings inside caves too

Carvings inside caves too

Niche of Parental Love Sutra

Niche of Parental Love Sutra

Cave of Buddha Vairocana

Cave of Buddha Vairocana

Inside one of many caves

Inside one of many caves

Unfortunately the famous 1000 Golden Hands Buddha was under restoration but we glimpsed it briefly through the covers.

Some rock faces were filled to the top!

Some rock faces were filled to the top!

Sakyamuni's Filial Piety

Sakyamuni’s Filial Piety

Niche of the Netherworld was cool

Niche of the Netherworld was cool

Ritual Site of Liu Benzun (check the scale of it all!)

Ritual Site of Liu Benzun (check the scale of it all!)

Although staying in Dazu and travelling to the site was fairly annoying, we’re still glad we made the effort to visit.

Shengshou Temple

Shengshou Temple

Visited 18th December 2013.

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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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