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Facelift For World's Tallest Ancient Buddha Statue In China
Yahoo News ^ | 11-6-2007

Posted on 11/08/2007 6:31:26 AM PST by blam

Facelift for world's tallest ancient Buddha statue in China

Tue Nov 6, 10:33 PM ET

AFP/File Photo: Tourists visit the 71-metre (234-feet) tall Leshan Giant Buddha, built in 713 AD in the...

BEIJING (AFP) - The world's tallest ancient Buddha statue, suffering from years of environmental damage, will get its latest facelift to fix damage from weathering and acid rain.

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The 71-metre (237-foot) Leshan Buddha, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, is looking "somewhat battered" with a blackened nose, and with moss and dark streaks coating its face and body, official Xinhua news agency said.

The damage was due to acid rain, weathering and high humidity, Peng Xueyi, director of the Leshan Cultural Relics Management Institute, told Xinhua.

A team of scientists is currently carrying out preparation work for repairs next year, he said.

The Buddha, carved into a cliff face overlooking the point where the Dadu and Min rivers meet, was built over a 90-year period beginning in 713, during the Tang Dynasty.

It is 16 metres taller than the bigger of two giant carved Buddhas in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, both of which were destroyed in March 2001 by the then hardline ruling Taliban which considered them unIslamic.

The UN-listed world cultural heritage statue has already undergone several repairs in recent years.

In 2001, a 250-million-yuan (34-million-dollar) project was conducted to clean the body, cement rock structure, mend cracks and install drainage pipes.

Since 2003, thousands of residents have been moved away from the scenic area and 20 coal-fired power plants as well as other small factories have been relocated in a move to cut pollution damage.

But weathering as well as damage caused by visitors has outpaced the conservation work, Peng said, adding that maintenance projects needed to be carried out every five years.


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KEYWORDS: buddha; china; godsgravesglyphs; leshan; statue

1 posted on 11/08/2007 6:31:28 AM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv
GGG Ping.

Note the size of the tourists at the bottom of the photo.

2 posted on 11/08/2007 6:34:12 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

More pictures here

3 posted on 11/08/2007 6:37:17 AM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

While I’m all for maintaining the statue, I’m not so sure about the exhorbanant cost and necessity of moving thousands of people and businesses away.


4 posted on 11/08/2007 6:41:24 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: blam

Can I rub its belly?.............


5 posted on 11/08/2007 6:44:48 AM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: blam

Well, darn. Sometimes the Chicoms do good things, at least when it comes to preserving cultural heritage.


6 posted on 11/08/2007 6:47:06 AM PST by Little Ray (Rudy Guiliani: If his wives can't trust him, why should we?)
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To: blam
They will remain - at least until the muslims come...
7 posted on 11/08/2007 6:54:50 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: blam

Yep blam, that’s a big buddha. Damn big.

Regards


8 posted on 11/08/2007 7:00:43 AM PST by ARE SOLE (Agents Ramos and Campean are in prison at this very moment.. (A "Concerned Citizen".))
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9 posted on 11/08/2007 8:37:09 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Thursday, November 8, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam

Thanx for the pic-very impressive.Like the contrast.


10 posted on 11/08/2007 8:41:30 AM PST by Thombo2
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To: blam
Typical to blame the problem on modern civilization rather than on the fact that it's nearly 1300 years old.

How about giving credit to modern civilization for having the attitude, the wealth, and the technology to fix it?

11 posted on 11/08/2007 9:01:35 AM PST by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
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To: blam

I remember the big scare about acid rain in the 1980s.

It was going to kill all our crops, and poison our soils, and the world was going to starve to death by the end of the 20th century.

The only thing that happened by the end of the century was that I gained a heck of a lot of weight. ;-)


12 posted on 11/08/2007 2:15:57 PM PST by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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