Decision : CONF 209 VIII.C.1
The Dazu Rock Carvings (China)
Property: The Dazu Rock Carvings
Id. N°: 912
State Party: China
Criteria: C (i) (ii) (iii)
The Committee inscribed this site on the World Heritage List on the basis of criteria (i), (ii) and (iii):
Criterion (i): The Dazu Carvings represent the pinnacle of Chinese rock art for their high aesthetic quality and their diversity of style and subject matter.
Criterion (ii): Tantric Buddhism from India and the Chinese Taoist and Confucian beliefs came together at Dazu to create a highly original and influential manifestation of spiritual harmony.
Criterion (iii): The eclectic nature of religious belief in later Imperial China is given material expression in the exceptional artistic heritage of the Dazu rock art.
The State Party agreed to the recommendation that the site be named "The Dazu Rock Carvings". The Committee, noting that the Dazu area was included in a large World Bank planning scheme, recommended the State Party to keep the Committee and ICOMOS fully informed on the nature and progress of the projects to mitigate any adverse impact on the Dazu rock carvings and their settings.