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Dazu is a city in Chongqing Municipality, China. The city is famous for the Dazu Rock Carvings , located in forty locations in Dazu county（大足县). They date from the 7th to the 13th century and are listed as an UNESCO World Heritage site.
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The main rock carvings can easily be visited as a day trip from Dazu. The caves are open from 8:00 a.m.-6 p.m. The cost of a ticket to Treasured Summit Hill is ¥80 and tickets to Beishan are ¥60, but a combined ticket for entrance to both sites can be purchased at either site for ¥120.
- The most spectacular location is at Baodingshan (宝顶山), or Treasured Summit Hill, located 15 kilometers, or nine miles, east of the Dazu. To reach site catch the Bao Ding Shan bus at the Longzhong Road (龙中路）bus station. The ticket is ¥4 and will take 30-45 minutes, depending on the number of passengers the driver picks up and drops off on the way. The bus will drop you off at the parking lot of the Treasured Summit Hill tourist area. From there it is a 30 minute walk to the carvings or a five minute walk to tour carts that will take you to/fro the caves for ¥3. When you reach the "Longevity Temple" (admission ¥20) follow the path to the left. You'll be be able to see the rock carvings in the valley below.
- The second most popular site to visit is Beishan (北山). The site is located 2 kilometers, or over a mile, north of the city and can be reached by taxi or a thirty minute walk north from either bus station. The site includes a pagoda and several intact statues.
- Other popular rock carving sites are Nanshan (南山), Shimenshan (石门山），and Shizhuanshan (石篆山), which are accessible via taxi or motorcycle taxi from Dazu.
- Located just outside of Dazu town, one minute down the road towards Baoding Shan, is an interesting old estate called Loquat Country Villa （枇杷山庄）. Unfortunately as of 2006 the buildings were closed for tourists, but the front gate is open and you enter and wander around. Beware of the growling dogs that patrol the grounds!
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Dazu city is an average Chinese city of several hundred thousand people and there isn't much to see or do within the a city besides going there to view the famous rock carvings.
One interesting option would be to bike around the verdant farm lands around the city. No rentals are available so bring your own bike. The route to the most impressive carvings located at Baodingshan (宝顶山) is rather scenic and could offer a potential biking destination. It does however require biking up several long steep stretches and Chinese drivers are notoriously dangerous. Wear bright colors and leave early if you choose this option!
Several internet bars are located in Dazu, including on Longzhong Road near Dazu Binguan and Jinyuan Luguan.
There are numerous restaurants located within the city. The buffet breakfasts at Dazu Bingguan are a good deal at ¥15. Dazu is located in China's spice bowl and famous spicy hotpot is widely available for those who wish to test their intestinal fortitude.
A minimarket is located next to the Longzhong Road bus station and every block has a couple of stores selling food.
Cold beer is plentiful in restaurants throughout Dazu and water and soft drinks are readily available at the rock carving sites. Anything near the site will be price inflated as expected.
There are plenty of opportunities to buy trinkets within Dazu city and at many of the cave sites. One local specialty to look for is purple stone jadite, which is carved into a variety of trinkets, from pendants for ¥10 to large statues running into the thousands of yuan.
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