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Leshan Giant Buddha,100 Years in Photos

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One of Sichuan's most well-known attractions is the world's largest stone-carved sitting Buddha, whose pinky toenail can seat several full-grown humans. Its position, at the confluence of three rivers in Sichuan, allows the 1,300-year-old statue to face the sacred Buddhist E'mei Mountain.

For tourists, the area surrounding the sculpture hosts a museum with exhibits on the construction and subsequent renovations of this now-UNESCO heritage site. South of the giant is a pink-walled monastery adorned with scenes from Journey to the West and arhat sculptures. Also nearby is a classic steam train.

Over the millennia, the Buddha's face has been reconstructed numerous times. This photo series shows the changes of the 'world's tallest pre-modern statue' over just the past century.

Leshan Buddha 1898  Leshan Buddha 1914

Leshan Buddha 1925  Leshan Buddha 1939

Leshan Buddha 1936  Leshan Buddha 1962

Leshan Buddha 1939  Leshan Buddha 1985

Leshan Buddha 1990  Leshan Buddha 2002

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