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Date: September 09, 2012 02:52PM
Begun in the year 713 in the Tang Dynasty, and finished in the year 803, the
statue took people more than 90 years to carve. During these years, thousands of
workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project.
It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Minjiang,
Dadu and Qingyi rivers in the southern part of Sichua
n province in China, near the city of Leshan.
Facing the river, the Buddha has symmetrical posture and looks which have been
beautifully captured in its solemn stillness. It is 71 meters (about 233 feet)
high, and has three-meter-long (about 11 feet) fingers. The eight-meter-long
(about 27 feet) instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the
28-meter-wide (about 92 feet) shoulder is large enough to be a basketball