Baoding Shan monastery, (towards) Zhong'ao, Chongqing, CN

Raw data

"Baoding Shan
Dazu, Szechuan province, China.
29.743886° N, 105.722294° E
Dazu (200km E of Chengdu and 100km W of Chongqing), Szechuan, China

Variously exciting, comic and realistic, the carvings at Baoding Shan are unmissable. They are the life work of the monk Zhao Zheifeng, who raised the money and designed the carving work from 1179 to 1245. This accounts for the unusually harmonious nature of the 10,000 sculptures here."

Baoding Shan (Treasured Summit Hill)
About 15km north-east of Dazu town, the Baoding Shan sculptures are definitely more interesting than those at Bei Shan (although anyone who's seen Datong's grottoes may be slightly underwhelmed).
The founding work is attributed to Zhao Zhifeng, a monk from an obscure Yoga sect of Tantric Buddhism. On the lower section of the hill below a monastery is a horseshoe-shaped cliff sculpted with coloured figures, some of them up to 8m high.
Input by: tmc, 14 Aug, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 25 Dec 2012

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Baoding Shan monastery, CN.

General location of the Baoding Shan monastery, CN.
lat=29.774 long=105.71
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=29.774,105.71&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

* China: Chongqing Shi.

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat 29.774 Long: 105.803 - est. from - tmc, 17 Aug 2009.

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • MBM chrono-tag 1167-99c - tmciolek 25 Dec 2012
  • 1167-99c 1200=> dated-ex

12. Date-intermediate

  • MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 25 Dec 2012

13. Date-late

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14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)….

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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