Dazu Rock Carvings. The Dazu Rock Carvings near Chongqing were created between the ninth century and the thirteenth century AD. Because of the history of these carvings and their high aesthetic value, UNESCO designated the collective area as a World Heritage Site in 1999. The numerous carvings harmoniously integrate Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian elements and were thankfully unharmed during China's Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). This revolution was plagued by anti-religious vandalism. In relation to tourism, the Dazu Rock Carvings have been open to foreign visitors since 1980, and it isn't difficult to understand why so many people include a visit in their Chongqing travel plans.
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