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Bao Ding Shan Rock Carvings

After a great Dazu City celebration, we go to the biggest set of Rock Carvings

Early in the morning, we caught a bus to Bao Ding Shan. The trip was about an hour or so and was through some typical sichuan-like scenery. Lots of farms with every inch of ground under cultivation. On the way up, we played with a baby that absolutely had no fear of us "wai guo ren." The baby especially liked it when Sunee held her.

This little gal loved to be held and was very friendly toward Sunee

This guy welcomes all visitors to the Bao Ding Shan Rock Carvings

This is where one has to pay to get in. We already had our tickets

Not sure what this was as the people waved us away and toward the "real" entrance some distance away

Once we reached the area of the rock carvings we had to walk about a half mile to the actual entrance. A huge stone entrance way with lots of stuff to buy showed us the way. Since we had our ticket from the day before, we were ready to enter and enjoy the carvings.

Since I usually am the one taking the pictures, I very seldom have any of me taking pictures. I gave Sunee the A640 and I took the old G2 so she could get some pictures of me. The following are of THE PHOTOGRAPHER. The A640 is a ten megapixel camera so I cropped some of the pictures Sunee took to get a different perspective. They came out pretty interesting.

Finally, the photographer gets photographed. How was my cropping?

The Buddhist Circle of life. This was huge and magnificently carved

These carvings were pretty high up on the cliff and very big

One of the most beautifully carved Buddha heads on the site. It was actually taller than me

Two really strange looking dudes. Gotta admit, though, the detail in the carving was unbelievable

A lovely pagoda set amongst the trees

Probably the best picture I took all day long. I love the way the temple is surrounded by evergreens

And the people who worked at the site were a joy to visit with

We spent most of the day at the carvings even though it was extremely lot. Fortunately there were only a few people wandering around so the place was very pleasant. No doubt, these rock carvings will be one of the highlights of our visit to Chongqing. They were actually better than advertised.

Our return that afternoon to Chongqing was uneventful. The bus ride was pleasant, air conditioned and smooth. Tomorrow we will probably be on our own once more as Lillian went back to Chengdu to work a part-time job. Good on her!

Posted by inchinahil 17:29 Archived in China Tagged tourist_sites

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