Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan Province, China
Leshan giant Buddha is the largest carved stone Buddha statue in the world. It is carved on cliff face of mountain in Sichuan province of China, site at which Minjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers meet. It is the most important attraction of Leshan city and faces sacred mount Emei. The 71 meter Buddha statue’s shoulder is 24 meter wide and has 27 feet fingers.
The construction of the great Buddha statue started in 713 by Tang dynasty and took long 90 years for it’s completion. It was commissioned by a Chinese monk named Haitong. The monk hoped that lord Buddha would protect the site from turbulent water of confluence of three rivers.
The head of the Buddha statue is decorated with 1021 buns. It is one of the most highlighting architectural feature of the statue. The hidden drainage system of the Leshan Buddha statue also represent the architectural brilliance of builders of that time. The hidden channels of drainage system go through head, cloths, arms and behind of ears of the statue. It plays an important role in keeping the Buddha statue from easy degradation.