Guan Yin is the Bodhisattva of mercy in Chinese Buddhism. This statue
of Guan Yin at the Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone (near Sanya, Hainan,
China) is the tallest statue of Guan Yin in the world (108 M).
Apparently it is also the fourth tallest statue in the world.
Also note that this statue has three faces, one facing the land, the other two facing the South China Sea.
People in Hainan often assert that ever since this statue was completed there have been no typhoons or other such major natural disasters. I lived through at least three fairly major typhoons in Hainan, but we'll just forget about that. A lot of the more violent typhoons did indeed miss Hainan altogether despite forecasts and proceed to destroy lots of stuff in Fujian and Hong Kong. So maybe this gigantic statue does help a little, they do have nice weather in Hainan, and the worst of the worst typhoons do indeed seem to pass right on by.
I have also been told that Guan Yin in Japanese is "Kannon", and that the company Canon took its name from the Bodhisattva.
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