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Spring Temple Buddha, Henan, China

     The Spring Temple Buddha is a statue depicting Vairocana Buddha located in the Zhaocun township of Lushan County, Henan, China, built from 1997 to 2008. It is located within the Fodushan Scenic Area, close to National Freeway no. 311.

     At 128 m (420 ft), not including a 20 m (66 ft) lotus pedestal, it is the tallest statue in the world. When the 25 m (82 ft) pedestal/building it is placed upon is taken into account, the monument has a total height of 153 m (502 ft). As of October 2008, the hill on which the statue stands is being reshaped to form two further pedestals, the upper one being 15 m tall. The total height of the monument is now said to be 208 m (682 ft)

     The project as a whole was estimated to cost around $55 million, $18 million of which being spent on the statue. The Buddha is made from 108kg of gold, 3,300 tonnes of copper alloy and 15,000 tonnes of steel. Beneath the statue is a Buddhist monastery.

     The Spring Temple Buddha derives its name from the nearby Tianrui hot spring, which spews water at 60oC and is renowned in the area for its curative properties.

     The construction of the Spring Temple Buddha was announced after the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan by the Taliban in 2001. The statue was completed in 2008. Further plans were then announced to create the two buildings underneath the statue - the Diamond Seat and the Sumeru Seat, by literally reshaping the hill on which the statue stands.

     The Diamond Seat is an interesting building itself. It is made up of five levels, each containing many small shrines holding small scaled-down golden Spring Temple Buddhas. There are over 5,000 shrines containing 6,666 mini Buddhas!

     The closest town to the Spring Temple Buddha is Lushan. From Lushan, there are regular bus services to the Buddha. As there are no airports nearby, your best option is to take a train from one of the nearest big cities.

Foquan Temple

     The Foquan Temple is a Buddhist monastery located south of the main statue. Between the temple and the statue are two large sets of stairs, each with 365 steps - representing the number of days in a year. The Foquan Temple, built during the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD), houses the "Bell of Good Luck", placed on top of Dragon Head peak.

The Bell of Good Luck

     A short walk away from the main Foquan Temple halls is the Bell of Good Luck, the largest and heaviest bell in the world. Weighing in at 116 tonnes and with a height of 8.108 metres. It was completed in November 2000 and even though the whole process to create the bell lasted 7 months, the actual casting lasted only 7 minutes. Carved into the bell are 56 designs representing the 56 different ethnic groups within China. It is possible for visitors to strike the bell three times, for a fee of course. Once struck the bell will continue to reverberate for a few minutes.

Yaoshan Fuquan Hot Spring Baths

     There was once a hot spring which released hot water at 64 degrees celcius up to 15 metres in the air which was situated near the entrace to the Spring Temple Buddha. However it seems that this hot spring has now been covered over by what seems to be the most bizarre space-age looking set of dome buildings. This complex is now know as the Yaoshan Fuquan hot spring complex. It is an absolutely massive indoor water centre with dozens of hot spring baths, waterslides and pools.




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