The Giant Buddha of Leshan, China: Modifications Made Throughout History, the Buddhist Monk Haitong and the Sacrifice He Made, and Conservation Work to Preserve this World Heritage Site

1600 kilometers from Beijing, China lay Sichuan, China and in this province there are 3 rivers which converge on their way to meet the mighty Yangtze River. At this meeting place resides the city of Leshan which is home to the worlds largest Buddha statue which towers 71 meters above the river below. The current is very fast in this area and because of that, many boats sank and many people died while traversing the river for trade. The locals believed a river monster was responsible which lead t...

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