started in AD 713, led by a Chinese monk named Haitong. He
hoped that the Buddha would calm the turbulent waters that
plagued the shipping vessels travelling down the river. When
funding for the project was threatened, he is said to have
gouged out his own eyes to show his piety and sincerity.
Construction was completed by his disciples ninety years
later. Apparently the massive construction resulted in so
much stone being removed from the cliff face and deposited
into the river below that the currents were indeed altered
by the statue, making the waters safe for passing ships.
The Giant Buddha is
located East of Leshan
City in Sichuan Province near the confluence of the Min River and Dadu River.