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Giant Buddha of Leshan

The Giant Buddha on the east bank of Minjiang River in Leshan City, Sichuan Province, rests his feet where three rivers-the Minjian, Qingyi and Dadu¡ªjoin. The Buddha faces Emei Mountain across the river and at its back is the western slope of Lingyun Mountain. Standing at 70.7 meters with shoulders 24 meters wide it is an impressive sight. A water drainage system reduces erosion by rain and slows weathering.

The statue was begun in 713, the first year of the reign of Tang Emperor Xuanzhong, and completed in 803, the 19th year of the reign of the Tang Emperor Dezhong. To the right of the statue a plank road with nine turns was built and it is now famous as the nine-turn plank road; it goes form the bottom to the top.



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