Sitting on the east bank of the Minjiang River and at the confluence of the Minjiang River, Qingyi River and Dadu River, east of Leshan City, the Giant Buddha was carved on the precipice of Xiluan Peak of Mt.Lingyun. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei, with the rivers flowing below his feet. It is the tallest stone Buddha statue in the world, and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
The project began in 713 and ended in 703, spanning 90 years. During these years, thousands of workers had expended their efforts and wisdom on the project. The Giant Buddha is 71m high and 24m wide, graceful and poised. It has three-meter-long fingers. The eight-meter-long instep is big enough for one hundred people to sit on and the 28-meter-wide shoulder is large enough to be a basketball playground. The charm of the Buddha lies not only in its size but also in its architectural artistry. There are 1,021 buns in the Buddha's coiled hair. These have been skillfully embedded in the head. The skill is so wonderful that the 1,021 buns seem integral to the whole.