China is a great Buddhist land, with Buddha statues of all sizes rising up through history. Those Buddha statues are not only dedicated to Buddhist deities, but also beautiful contributions to the religion art and aesthetics. Listed here are the most famous and charming Buddha statues in China, which remain to be, despite huge tourist attractions for making pilgrimages, really peaceful and spiritual places. And some of which are among the largest in the world.
The Spring Temple Buddha in Lushan County, Henan Province 河南鲁山大佛
Built in 1997, the Spring Temple Buddha has become the world’s tallest Buddha and the world’s largest statue since its completion. The Buddha is made of bronze, weighing 6400 tons, and reaches up to 208 meters from the base of its pedestal to the top of its head, with Buddha body of 108 meters high.
Statue of Sakyamuni at lingshan Park in Wuxi, Jiangsu province 江苏灵山大佛
The 88-meter-tall Statue of Sakyamuni at lingshan Park stands aside the beautiful Taihu Lake, with its three sides surrounded by mountains. The location is regarded as a rare Buddhist land. The Buddha is connected by 1560 pieces of bronze plates, and adopts some modern high technology, such as advanced windproof, shockproof measures and lightning protection.
Of the 408 visitors who reviewed the Buddha on Tripadvisor.com, half of them thought it was “excellent.”
Leshan Giant Buddha in Leshan, Sichuan province 四川乐山大佛
Located about 125 km south of Chengdu, the world’s largest stone Buddha — the 71-meter-tall Leshan Giant Buddha was built in 713 during China’s Tang dynasty and finally completed almost 90 years later. The giant Buddha sits in the cliff, overlooking the confluence of Min, Dadu and Qingyi River. A famous saying goes that, “The mountain is a Buddha, and the Buddha is a mountain”. Leshan Giant Buddha is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Tian Tan Buddha in Lantau Island, Hong Kong 香港天坛大佛
Tian Tan Buddha, also known as the Big Buddha, is the largest outdoor sitting Buddha statue worldwide. Completed in 1993, the 34-meter-high Buddha is the main attraction of the Po Lin Monastery, and a major landmark in Hong Kong. Buddhists and visitors can take the 20-minute Ngong Ping cable car ride to get there.
Kwan-yin Bodhisattva Statue of South China Sea in Sanya, Hainan 海南三亚南海海上观音
The Guanyin Bodhisattva stands erecting on the South Sea, and is the major highlight of Sanya Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park. It is made of white holly and 108 meters high (the highest of its kind). Kwan-yin Bodhisattva statue of South China Sea stands for Oriental world’s spirit – peace, wisdom and mercy.
Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Golden Statue on Mt. Emei, Sichuan province 四川峨眉山金顶四面十方普贤金像
The world’s highest golden statue – the 48-meter-high Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Golden Statue on Mt. Emei is Samantabhadra’s first artistic modeling and again the proof of Mt. Emei’s status as one of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China.
Outdoor ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Statue on Mt.Jiuhua, Anhui 安徽九华山地藏菩萨露天铜像
The 99-meter-tall outdoor ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Bronze Statue stands on Mt.Jiuhua – one of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China (featuring extraordinary landscape) and is among the highest and largest Buddhas in the world.
Guanyin of the South Sea on Mt.Putuoshan, Zhejiang Province 普陀山南海观音
Guanyin of the South Sea of Mt. Putuoshan was built in 1998 and made of bronze, limestone, marble and gold. The statue totals 33 meters high from the supporting base to the head, suggesting 33 layers of sky in Buddhist doctrine. Now this imposing statue has been the most visited place for worship by pilgrims.