Da Zu is an amazing place to visit. They people of Chongqing say that if you have not been to Da Zu, you have not been to Chongqing. I agree!
The two hour bus ride from the hotel to Da Zu was well worth it. Da Zu is home to 800 year old carvings, carved out of the stone in the side of the mountains. The greenery in the park is beautiful and the carvings are amazing to look at. The carvings bring together the three religions of China; Buddism, Taoism and Confucionsim. Of course there are stories from each of these religions that the carvings depict. The guides did a great job of relaying the stories to us and the stories help one to understand much of the symbolism that we see in typical Chinese art and culture.
The two and a half hours bus ride back to the hotel (longer due to the rain and traffic) went by very quickly due to our (the teachers) passionate discussions around the differences between Chinese and American educational systems. While most of the students slept, we talked about the benefits and weaknesses of each system. Naturally we concluded that each system could benefit from the integration of elements from the other but most importantly- we all want the best for our students!
It is 7:00 PM and we are all to meet up stair for another very spicy Chongqing style dinner (we sit 10 at a table).
Tomorrow we will be at Chongqing Normal University and Chongqing Bashuluneng Middle School- hen hao.