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Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013
Li Wenfei, director of a management committee of Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha scenic area, said, the Leshan Giant Buddha festival is likely to entice global attention to the statue’s conservation issues. World’s tallest Buddha statue celebrated its 1,300th anniversary with a cultural festival in Leshan city, China’s Sichuan province. Numerous cultural and tourism promotion activities will be held during the festival until Sunday.
The 71-metre-high Buddha statue, carved into a cliff in Leshan Mountain and overlooking three converging rivers, was built over a 90-year period starting in the year 713 during the Tang Dynasty. The Leshan Giant Buddha was put on the Unesco World Cultural Heritage list in 1996.
The statue was repaired several times in past decades to clean, strengthen the rock structure, fix cracks, and install drainage pipes to guard against damage caused by weathering and acid rain.