Dazu County Carvings
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On the way to Chengdu we stopped off in Dazu County to see the cliff carvings there, dating back to the Tang dynasty in the 13th century. Highlights included the niches depicting heaven and hell and a golden Buddha with over 1,000 hands carved into the cliff-face, all painted in gold. The main event is a Buddha depicted entering nirvana, with the torso coming out of the cliff.
It was highly photogenic and, even though our Chinglish-speaking guide, Peter (if that was his real name), was hard to understand at times, it was quite amazing that the niches were still in such good condition.
The day was hampered somewhat by our journey on from the exhibits. While in a minibus from the exhibits, we noticed the driver suddenly started driving slowly instead of his usual race-driver speed, before clocking that the petrol guage was at empty.
It makes me laugh (again and again) that our guide, Dragon, has his own Chinese interpretation on the people in our group's names. I get off lightly, but Greg has become 'Gree', Colleen is now 'Curling,' and the two Jo's are now known as the collective group, 'Jew'. "Where is Jew?" To which I always half-say and half-snigger, "Has anyone seen the Jews?"