Leshan Grand Buddha
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LeShan Giant Buddha
was built during the Tang Dynasty(618¨C907AD).It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest carved stone Buddha in the world,and at the time of its construction was the tallest statue in the world.
The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. It was not damaged by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake
Construction was started in 713,led by a Chinese monk named Haithong.He hoped that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels traveling down the river. When funding for the project was threatened, he is said to have gouged out his own eyes to show his piety and sincerity. After his death, however, the construction was stuck due to insufficient funding.About 70 years later,a jiedushi decided to sponsor the project and the construction was completed by Haitong's disciples in 803.
Apparently the massive construction resulted in so much stone being removed from the cliff face and deposited into the river below that the currents were indeed altered by the statue,making the waters safe for passing ships.
The Leshan Buddha has been affected by the pollution emanating from the unbridled development in the region.According to Xinhua news agency,the Leshan Giant Buddha and many Chinese natural and cultural heritage sites in the region have seen degradations from weathering, air pollution, and swarms of tourists.The government has promised to carry out restoration to the site
At 71 metres(233 feet)tall,board is about 24 meter.the statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees. His shoulders are 28 metres wide and his smallest toenail is large enough to easily accommodate a seated person.There is a local saying:"The mountain is a Buddha and the Buddha is a mountain".This is partially because the mountain range in which the Leshan Giant Buddha is located is thought to be shaped like a slumbering Buddha when seen from the river, with the Leshan Giant Buddha as its heart
Inside buddha,it has drainage system. so buddha is hallow the ear were made of wooden.even thought is so big,but it only the part of sleeping buddha when travelling the leshan giant buddha.the most exciting is walking upstairs and downstairs.adventure.
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