The Grand Buddha statue at Ling Shan, China 30 Jan 2017
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The Grand Buddha statue stands on Ling Shan mountain, China, where an ancient Buddhist temple was once found. Construction of the statue was completed in 1996 with the Buddha rising 88m high. Made of tin and bronze, it weighs a hefty 700 tonnes. His right hand is lifted with the palm facing out. The seal of fearlessness rests on the palm, this symbolises removal of suffering. His left-hand holds the wishes seal and again the palm is facing out signifying the giving of happiness. Solemnity and virtue are represented by the character on the Buddha's chest.
Each Chinese New Year people gather for the Grand Striking Bell Celebration. Striking of the bell is believed to bring good luck and dispel unhappiness to those who attend.
Add a trip to visit the Ling Shan Buddha on any of Insight Guides’ trips to China.