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Old Jan 26, 2010, 10:58 AM   #1
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Baodingshan (Mountain Baoding) belongs to the Da Zu (Big Foot) group of carved mountains in the Province of Chongqing, China, which involves more the 100 locations and plus 100.000 statues.
A place worth to visit.
Please check the web for more info and beware this is a long 23 selected picks trip.

1. A brief explanation at the entrance:





2. Carving the very mountain. A different method from Western art:




3. Statues are painted. The painting is redone following old traditions:




4. Some statues are big. This may be 7 meters high:




5. There's an amazing level of artistry and detail:




6. Some fading paint makes nice textures with the original stone:




7. Roofs in all traditional buildings are amazing:




8. Detail:




9. Sleeping Buddha. A sense of the scale:




10. Front view. Small statues a 1:1 scaled:




11. Lady's figure showing the quality and realism of the sculptures:

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Old Jan 26, 2010, 11:06 AM   #2
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12. Goddess:




13. The mixture of mountain, carving and painting is extraordinary:




14. Wheel of reincarnation:




15. Big Buddha:




16. Scenery. Up is the real mountain:




17. Three levels: Hell, Literates, Bodhisattvas:




18. Hell is associated with deformation and pain. Look at the art:




19. Bodhisattvas look calm in their inner perfection:




20. Will vegetation survive human labors? I guess so:




21. Master Lao:




22. This semi god is angry because you may be a sinner:




23. And if you're a photo sinner -like me- , this is the punishment you deserve:



Hope you enjoyed the long trip!
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 11:10 AM   #3
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great travel set Ordo. these are really interesting and you captured the detail well. the craftsmanship is really amazing. thanks for sharing these.
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 11:27 AM   #4
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Thank you Hards80. Let me state that I've resized the images severely so hopelly the page will load quicker. And I'm trying Picassa albums for the first time, which obviously degrade the images.
This is a full sized pick of the sleeping Buddha where you can see some more detail:

http://i50.tinypic.com/6tg1nn.jpg
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Old Jan 26, 2010, 1:34 PM   #5
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Some full sized versions.
This Lumix ZS3 is an amazing travel machine.

http://i48.tinypic.com/11ue2on.jpg
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http://i50.tinypic.com/214322g.jpg

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