Lingshan Great Buddha

Lingshan Great Buddha - Wuxi Travel GuideLingshan scenic spot is situated at Mashan Wuxi, Which is in the south of Yangze River and enclosed with Tai Lake , enjoys the natural beauty of the hills and lake.

The largest statue of the Buddha in the world, this bronze colossus stands 88 meters tall; its lotus flower pedestal brings the entire structure to over 100 meters. The statue was built only several years ago, but has already become a major tourist destination. The Buddha stands on the side of a hill, facing lake Taihu. Under the Buddha, there are a series of stele sculptured of picture about Xiaoling hill's history, Number one tripod in China , Buddha museum , Ten-Thousands-Buddha hall, and so on ."Heavenly hill, heavenly area, clever people, the heart can bring completing of Buddha , pure water, pure sky, pure soil, Elysium are in here".

The statue stands at the end of a long boulevard of many smaller attractions related to Buddhism and the great statue. First inside the entrance gate is a massive bronze pillar, topped with a huge lotus bud. The shaft of the column is worked into a wild array of sculptures of looming. Buddhist guardian gods, lions' heads, and auspicious symbols, while bronze dragons and other mythological animals crouch in a reflecting pool, all with the great statue of the Buddha looming in the distance. As impressive as this is, four times a day its is transformed into an extravagant celebration of the birth of the Buddha. The huge bronze leaves of the lotus bud slowly open to reveal a statue of the baby Buddha, who slowly rotates in a complete circle, while the statues of dragons become fountains, spraying jets of water from their mouths over the open lotus flower. The lotus flower is a traditional symbol of Buddhism, since it is white a pure despite growing from the mud, just like humans can reach enlightenment despite the troubles of the world.

Lingshan Great Buddha - Wuxi Travel GuideMidway to the Buddha sits an enormous bronze palm, almost 12 meters tall, identical to the palm of the statue itself. The largest bronze hand in China, during the building of the statue some workers left the hand sitting alongside the construction site while they worked on other parts of the statue.

Next to the palm is a large bronze statue of a hugely obese Buddha with a wide smile. Dozens of babies crawl over his recumbent form, pulling at his earlobes, poking his navel, and otherwise being naughty. The plump Buddha and the babies are a traditional expression of people's wishes for a happy and prosperous future.

After these statues a grand staircase leads up to the Great Buddha itself. In the middle of the broad stairway are a series of large stone relieves illustrating scenes from the life of the Buddha - they not only enrich the atmosphere of the site, but are also remarkable carvings in and of themselves. The closer you get to the Buddha the more its awe inspiring its massive proportions really are. A set of stairs leads up to the top of the lotus flower pedestal next to the giant toes of the barefoot Buddha.

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