The world's biggest seated statue of Buddha in Sichuan, China 05 Jul 2017
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The town of Leshan is famous for its colossal 71-metre (233-ft) seated statue of Buddha. It is carved into the cliff face overlooking the confluence of two rivers, the Dadu He and Min He. Believing the effigy would protect boats on the river, the monk Haitong began work on constructing the Buddha in 713 AD; it took 90 years to complete. The statue is the largest pre-modern, stone statue of Buddha in the world. Add a trip to Leshan to any of Insight Guides' China itineraries to see the famed statue.
This article was originally published on 1 December, 2015