Rock Frescoes at Dazu
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June 2nd, 2007 – by: sissanoel
Next stop was the carvings at Baodinshan, also near Dazu. This site is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and date mostrly from the Tang Dynasty (9th Century) and Song Dynasy (13th Century). This is a much larger site than the one at Beishan and the figures hug the hillside in a horsehoe formation. The largest figure, a reclining Buddha, is over 31 metres long. These carvings combine tenets of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucionism and include carved fountains and halls within the rock. It is hard to imagine how these massive and complicated structures were carved with such simple tools so long ago. Especially interesting was the depiction of Buddhist hell - definitely not a place you'd want to spend any time in, what with knee chopping, boiling in oil and being ploughed into the ground!
After lunch we drove 4 hours to Chengdu where Eric left us, just to hop on another bus and go back the way he'd just come. We felt so sorry for him having to do that journey again. Had a traditional Sichuan meals tongith with hot and spicy snacks and mains - delicious - although so much food appeared on the table it was embarrassing! A couple in our group were celebrating their 41st wedding anniversary today, so our guide bought some Chinese wine to celebrate - interesting, not quite what we're used to!
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