Shizhong Mountain Grottoes in Shibaoshan Mountain,Dali

Dali Shizhong Mountain Grottoes in Jianchuan County travel guide introduces the main attractions, entrance tickets booking, The best time to visit, How to Get there, the highlights, facts, history, photos, weather, accommodation, visiting routes, travel tips, tour maps of Shizhong Mountain Grottoes in Dali.

Chinese Name:石钟山石窟
English Name: Shizhong Mountain Grottoes in Shibaoshan Mountain,Dali
 Location: Shibaoshan Mountain, Jianchuan County, Yunnan Province
Located in Shizhong Shan Mountain (石钟山) of the Shibao Shan mountain range, the Shizhong Shan Grottoes (石钟山石窟) are also sometimes referred to as the Shibao Shan Grottoes (石宝山石窟), or “Stone Treasure Mountain Grottoes.” Housed in buildings clutching the mountainside, these ancient grottoes house Buddhists sculptures, statues of Bai deities of the ancient Nazhao and Dali Kingdoms, and yoni shrines (representing the female sex), some dating back over a thousand years.

The Shizhong Mountain Grottoes (石钟山石窟) is located 25 kilometers southwest of Jianchuan County, Yunnan Province. It is considered the “treasure of the south.” The carvings were constructed during the the Nanzhao and Dali periods (738-1253 A.D.). The 17 grottos and 139 statues make up one of the most beautiful grotto complexes in South China, with statues of the royal Nanzha family and other historical figures, as well as Buddha statues.

Shibao Mountain is famous for its natural beauty as well as the local Buddhist caves, sculpture and 
temples. Amongst rocks of various strange shape and size, the slopes of the mountain are covered

with azaleas and other green vegetation. There are two main tourist attractions on the mountain, namely the Shizhong Caves and Baoxiang 
Temple. The caves were created during the Song Dynasty.

One hundred and thirty-nine statues of Buddha in 16 grottoes are scattered throughout Shizhong Temple, and Shiziguan and Shadengqing of the
Shizhong Temple section. The Baoxiang Temple section is the most scenic attraction of Shibao Mountain. The Baoxiang Temple has a reputation
as the “suspended Temple”. Thousands of stone steps ascend to the Cascade, Stone Tower, Sky Ladder, and Ancient Bridge, halls and pavilions.

The grottos had been gradually chiseled and sculpted from the Nanzhao (local regime in Yunnan 
Province from 700~900 during the Tang Dynasty) to the Dali (during the Song Dynasty), which
lasted several hundred years (c.649-1094).

The optimal season to visit the Shibao Hill is the end of the 7th month and the beginning of the 8th
month of the lunar calendar. There is a traditional singing and dancing jamboree held each year,
which never fails to enchant visitors. 

Travel tips:

– Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

– Admission: 30 yuan

– How to get there: Take a bus from Xiaguan to Jianchuan County, then transfer to another bus from Jianchuan County to Shibao Mountain