Dazu caves - 大足石刻

Pictures of Dazu

Caves and rock carvings of Dazu

Located in the Xian of Dazu, 167km west of Chongqing and 271km east of Chengdu, there are more than 50,000 carved stone carving from the year 650 for the first, from the Tang Dynasty to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Spread out over 5 sites, some sculptures are representations of everyday life, others are dedicated above all to Buddhism, but also to Taoism or Confucianism. In addition to the sculptures, there are also many inscriptions on everyday life and religious beliefs.

Beishan

Started in the Tang Dynasty, the Beishan site includes nearly 10,000 stone sculptures on a cliff 300m long and 7m high. These rock carvings are primarily dedicated to Buddhism.

Baodingshan

Started under the Song Dynasty, it is a set of 13 groups of stone carving. One can notably discover a Buddhist statue with a thousand arms or the reclining Buddha.

Nanshan

It is mainly rock carvings dedicated to Taoism that we find here. Very colorful, these sculptures were made during the Song Dynasty.

Shizhuanshan

Sculpture set made at the end of the 12th century, mixing Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

Shimenshan

Combination of Buddhist and Taoist statues, the first of which were made in the 12th century.
Many sculptures express Buddhist and Confucian doctrines. In 1999, the stone carvings of Dazu are classified World Heritage by UNESCO.

Dazu : Useful Informations

Chinese Name : Dàzú shíkè – 大足石刻

Ticket prices :
Depending on the season and the site you visit, there are different rates.
Beishan : From 70 à 90¥
Baodingshan : De 110 à 135¥
Nanshan : 5¥
Temple Shengshou : 15¥
Package Beishan + Baodingshan + Temple Shengshou : DE 120 à 170¥

Opening hours : From 8:30 (8:30am) to 18:00 (6pm)