Further to the previous post about the Dazu Rock Carvings, here are a few more photos showing the spectacular colours and details at the Baodingshan site.
This one was my personal favourite as the sculptors incorporated the landscape into the design. The overhang above the reclining Buddha collects water, which is channelled into this design.
The Nine Dragon statue can be seen here, to the right of the reclining Buddha. The previous Dazu post contains more details of the statues surrounding the Buddha, but this gives a much better representation of the size.
On the right in the photo below you can see one of the weird hippo-looking creatures. I can’t find out what they’re supposed to be.
Most of the tortures below seem to be carried out by cow/horse headed people, who represent court marshals. They would take judged people from the court, and carry out their judgement.
Dazu Visitor Tips
For details and visitor tips, read this previous post about the Dazu Rock Carvings
An additional tip would be to find a guide or guidebook – there are so many carvings and too few inscriptions, so it’s not always clear what you’re looking at. Like the hippos.