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A detail of the colourful carvings of Dazu. The conservation status is quite good, considering that they are more than 1,000 years old.

The Dazu rock carvings have made a significant
contribution to artistic expression in China, taking into account a new realism and exaggeration in depicting the contrasts between good and evil, beauty and ugliness.
In their contents the carved scenes reflect the moral and rationalistic call for the punishment of evildoers, while encouraging people to do good, to control their desires, and the regulate their behaviour. Their layouts demonstrate an ingenious integration of art, religion, science, and nature. Aesthetically they are mysterious, natural, and elegant, fully reflecting traditional Chinese
culture, which emphasizes learning from the past. (From the Unesco Website)

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