The Leshan Giant Buddha is located on the west slope of Mount Lingyun, on the eastern bank of the Minjiang River near Leshan City, Sichuan Province. At 70.7 m high and 24 m wide at the shoulders, it is the biggest Buddha statue in China.
The project started in the first year (713) of the Kaiyuan reign period of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty and was finished in the 19th year (803) of the Zhenyuan reign period of Emperor Dezong of Tang. The Mount Emei-Leshan Scenic Zone was put on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage list by the UNESCO in 1996.
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