August in China: The Leshan Buddha

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And now to the main attraction! The Leshan Buddha is probably the biggest in the world (particularly since the Taleban blasted the Bamyan Buddhas to smithereens in 2001), built to quiet the turbulent waters at the foot of Lingyun Shan. The descent from the head to the foot of the Buddha is rather vertiginous, have a look at the winding staircase all the way down.

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Upclose, the Buddha is huge and almost impossible to capture in one frame of my point and shoot compact camera.

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Shot from below, the true majesty and sheer largeness is something to behold.

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Just for a sense of proportion, here’s a quick shot of the many ants posing under his toe.

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