Hidden Gems – The Dazu Rock Carvings, China

Located in Chongqing, China, the hillside is home to a series of stunning sculptures. The carvings are depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.

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The earliest carvings were started in 650 AD during the early Tang Dynasty but the main carving period began in the 9th to the 13th century.

The carvings are listed as a World Heritage Site and comprise of 75 sites covering around 16 hectares,  containing around 50,000 statues. The site was off limits to the general public until the 1960s, when it was opened to Chinese nationals but is now accessible by all.

The name Dauz Rock Carvings is an overarching term for the collection of sculptures, some of the major carvings are Nanshan, Beishan, Shimen, Baodingshan and Beishan Carvings.

This article uses material from the Wikipedia article Dazu Rock Carvings, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.
Photo Attribution: By Gisling and Truthven (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

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