Dazu Rock Carvings



CountryChina
UNESCO RegionAsia and the Pacific
LocationDazu County, Chongqing Municipality
CoordinatesN29 42 3.996 E105 42 18
Inscription Date1999
Property (ha)20
Buffer Zone (ha)211
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared
Unesco Reference Number912
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/912
DescriptionThe steep hillsides of the Dazu area contain an exceptional series of rock carvings dating from the 9th to the 13th century. They are remarkable for their aesthetic quality, their rich diversity of subject matter, both secular and religious, and the light that they shed on everyday life in China during this period. They provide outstanding evidence of the harmonious synthesis of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
StatusWorld Heritage Site