Friday, March 28, 2008

Dazu craving stones

We spent one day at Dazu craving stones. There were many potholes on the roads along the way to this countryside town, but our brave bus driver was not daunted and sped along, resulting in many huge bounces and bumps. However, it was great to visit the Dazu Carvings to get a chance to catch a glimpse of the traditional Chinese art. Some sculptures were small, some were huge; some were brightly painted and tell religious, moral and historical stories. The masterpieces were captivating. 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.

We returned back to city at about 11pm and we ventured out into the streets of Chongqing in search of a good massage. I enjoyed a two hour accupressure massage with one hour dedicated to my feet and another hour dedicated to the whole rest of me. It was a great relaxant after an exhausting day. Next stop and final destination..............Xiamen.

stone carvings of Buddha, Dazu Grottoes

remarkable sculptures

the greenery surrounding the carvings

A thousand-hand Guanyin Bodhisattva statue

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