China is a country with profound Buddhism Culture. Buddhism was introduced into China since the Eastern Han Dynasty. At ancient China, people of all different social rankings accepted Buddhism. To show the worship of Buddha, people constructed many Buddha statues. These statues varied in figures and subjects. Here lists the some top Buddha statues in China for your reference. If you are interested in Chinese Buddhism culture, these are attractions that you should not miss.
Leshan Giant Buddha – the Largest Stone Buddha in China
The Leshan Giant Buddha is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, which was carved out of a cliff. The site was listed on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1996. The Giant Buddha lies at the junction of the Minjiang River, Dadu and Qingyi Rivers. The stone sitting sculpture faces the sacred Mt. Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. Construction on the Giant Buddha began in 713 A.D. It was the idea of a Chinese monk named Haitong, who hoped that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that plagued the shipping vessels travelling down the river. The rock and mud excavated from the mountain exposing the Buddha filled up the riverbed, creating a more favorable flow of water. Consequently the river did become calmer.
The statue depicts a seated Maitreya Buddha with his hands resting on his knees. Maitreya is the future Buddha, who will appear to preach the dharma when the teachings of Gautama Buddha have faded away. Maitreya was especially popular during the 4th to 7th centuries, and his images are found throughout the Buddhist world, conveying his characteristic air of expectancy and promise.
Several drainage passages are hidden in the Buddha's hair, collar, chest, and holes in the back of his ears and chest, preventing the Buddha from serious erosion and weathering. He has also been lovingly maintained on a regular basis throughout his 1,200-year history.
Wuxi Lingshan Grand Buddha – Magnificent Standing Sakyamunisits Statue
Lingshan Grand Buddha is the spiritual point of Lingshan Grand Buddha Site, which stands on the south side of Lesser Lingshan region, Mashan Mountain, is one of the land marks in Wuxi. During the Tang Dynasty, the famous Buddhism temple Xiangfu Temple once be built on the very place the Buddha locates, to protect the relic and promote the culture, people set up this magnificent 88-meter-high statue of Sakyamunisits right after the rebuilt temple.
Lingshan Grand Buddha Site locates in Taihu Lake Scenery Spot, covers an area of 30 hectares. Mainly consists of a 39.8 meters long screen wall, the totem-pole, the Xiangfu Temple and the grand Buddha statue.
From the parking lot, walking about 5 minutes you will reach a square with one big screen wall facing the gate, on which carved the Buddha with a serene look sit up straight on the lotus shaped seat, worshiped by Bodhisattva and Arhat. Round the screen wall and continue your walking, you will see a tall totem-pole. Go further, a grand temple lies on the half-way up the mountain, the grand Buddha just stands after and presents a self-possessed compassionate look.
The body of the Buddha is 79 meters high, stands on a 9 meters high lotus shaped seat. Its whole body is made of 1560 copper sheet of 6-8mm thick, gross weight of 700 ton, which can cover an area of 9,000 square meters.
Sanya Guan Yin of the South Sea - a Statue of Guan Yin facing 3 Directions
The Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya is located on the south coast of Hainan Province, nearing the Nanshan Temple in Sanya City. Guan Yin is a famous Buddha which also named “Avalokitesvara”.
The statue of the Buddha is 108 meters tall. It is a statue of three Guan Yin facing 3 aspects: one faces inland China and the other the other two faces the South China Sea, representing protection and blessing from Guan Yin of the whole china and the entire world. The gestures of the 3 aspects’ Guan Yin are different from each other. One aspect, the Guan Yin is holding a sutra in her left hand and her right hand is gesturing the Vitarka Mudra; the second aspect, Guan Yin is crossing her palms and holding a string of beads; the third one is holding a lotus. The Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya ranks the 4th tallest statue of the world and the tallest Guan Yin Statue in the World.
The Nanshan Mountain is also believed to be the auspicious mountain of longevity in Chinese mythology. Take this opportunity to visit the tallest 'Guan Yin' in the world here at Sanya.