Leshan Giant Buddha
Leshan Giant Buddha, the largest stone sculpture of Buddha in the world, sits
at the confluence of the Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers. According to records,
the carving of this giant Buddha was begun in the first year of the reign of the
Tang Emperor Tang Xuanzong (713 AD), and completed in the 19th year of Emperor
Dezong (803 AD), all together 90 years.
Looking dignified and solemn, the Buddha measures 71 meters in height. His
shoulders are 28 meters across. The head is 14.7 metes long and 10 meters broad
with total 1021 buns of hair on it. The instep, which is 8.5 meters wide, can
accommodate 100 people. The toe is large enough to accommodate a dinner table.
Taller by 17 meters than the standing Buddha in Afghanistan, Leshan Giant Buddha
is therefore the tallest Buddha in the world and in 1996, it was added to the
World Natural and Cultural Heritage List.