Dazu Rock Carv­ings

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the steep hill­sides in Dazu County in Chongqing Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, south­west China, con­tain an out­stand­ing col­lec­tion of rock carv­ings dat­ing back to the ninth cen­tury. The large carv­ings and writ­ten his­tor­i­cal ma­te­ri­als within the her­itage site show the great changes and de­vel­op­ment of cave tem­ple art and re­li­gious be­liefs in China dur­ing that pe­riod.

The largest clus­ter at Beis­han Moun­tain con­tains two groups along a cliff face seven to 10 me­ters high and stretch­ing for around 300 me­ters. More than 10,000 carv­ings within the site de­pict the themes of Bud­dhism and Tao­ism dur­ing the ninth to the mid-12th cen­tury. The in­scrip­tions on the

Tech­ni­cians check the rock carv­ings in De­cem­ber 2016

A rock carv­ing un­der re­pair on March 18, 2014

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