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The merciful hand of the Buddha | by Gianluca Lombardi Bani
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The merciful hand of the Buddha

Hundreds of people on the stairs in the Mount Emei to admire the Leshan Giant Buddha carved in the mountain. The Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996. The Leshan Giant Buddha was built during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 A.D.). 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 Sichuan province in China, near the city of Leshan. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the largest Buddha in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world (71 m high).

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Taken on August 14, 2012