Buses leave Chongqing for Dazu from the Caiyuanba Long-Distance Bus Station (next to the railway station) every 20 minutes. The earliest bus is at 5:30am; the last return bus is scheduled to leave at 6pm. It's best to be at the Dazu bus station by 5pm for the return trip to Chongqing. The 1 1/2-hour drive from Chongqing to Dazu Xian Bus Station costs ¥40. From the Dazu Bus Station, catch a minibus for Baoding Shan. Buses depart every half-hour and cost ¥3.50 to ¥4.50 each way. Buses also depart from the small bus station in the north part of town for ¥4.50. A taxi from Dazu Xian to Baoding Shan is about ¥30.
Taking the train to Dazu is slow and requires first going to Youting; from Youting, transfer to a bus going to the bus station. From the station, transfer to another bus to the grottoes. Whether coming from Chengdu or Chongqing, the bus is considerably faster and more convenient.
Tours & Guides
Guided trips to Baoding Shan can be arranged at Chongqing CITS, Zaozi Lanya Zheng Jie 120, second floor (tel. 023/6385-0693; fax 023/6385-0196; firstname.lastname@example.org). The ¥1,300 fee for one or two people includes admission to Baoding and Bei Shan, a guide, transportation, and lunch. Alternately, English-language books give brief explanations of the more important carvings.
There are no useful services for visitors in Dazu. Exchange money before you leave Chongqing.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.