Places in Chóngqìng
Dàzú Buddhist Caves
The supeb rock carvings of Dàzú (Dàzú Shíkū) are a Unesco World Heritage site and one of China’s four great Buddhist cave sculpture sites, along with those at Dūnhuáng, Luòyáng and Dàtóng. The Dàzú sculptures are the most recent of the four, but the artwork here is arguably the best and in better condition.
Chóngqìng’s once-ubiquitous stilt-style homes are an endangered species these days, but visit this gorgeous riverside village and you’ll find plenty of them to gawp at. The old town (古镇; gǔzhèn) is essentially one long street lined with wooden homes on stilts above the riverbank. Walk down to the river and look up at the houses to see their support structures.
Cobblestone alleyways housing temples, teahouses, old gateways and some wonderful courtyard homes are perfect for aimless strolls in this still-lived-in Ming dynasty village on the banks of the Yangzi River. If you’re looking for a focus, seek out the Chén Family Compound, the historic home of the village’s most prominent family.
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