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This marvelous golden statue is an welcome sight after the long walk from the bottom to the top of Mt. Emei (it's 3079.3 meters above sea level). Just the hike offers an unforgettable experience with temples, macaques and unique views.

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The four-side ten-direction golden statue of Puxian on the Golden Summit of the Mt. Emei is the highest golden Buddha in the world and also the first artistic design of ten-direction statue of Puxian. The golden Buddha is a Buddhist statue built by employing the craftwork of copper casting and gold-plating. It has a total height of 48 meters and a total weight of 660 tons. It is composed of the dado and ten-direction statue of Puxian. The golden Buddha's total height of 48 meters stands for 48 wishes of Amitable Buddha. "Ten-direction" firstly means ten practices and wishes of Puxian and secondly symbolizes the ten directions of east, south, west, north, southeast, southwest, northeast, northwest, up and down in Buddhism and means the boundless practices and wishes of Puxian can satisfy Buddha of ten directions and three lives and all living things. The ten head sculptures of Puxian are composed of three layers with varied expressions, which stand for ten mentalities of earthlings.

Source: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/top-summer-resort/mountain-emei.htm
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Mt. Emei is located in Leshan City, Sichuan Province. It is towering, beautiful, old and mysterious. Mt. Emei is like a huge green screen standing in the southwest of the Chengdu Plain. Looking its winding and beautiful figure, you will find that it resembles very much an eyebrow of a girl. It is the highest one among all the famous sight-seeing mountains in China. In Mt. Emei there are four scenic regions: Baoguo Temple, Wannian Temple, Qingyin Pavilion and Golden Summit. Its main peak, the Golden Summit, is 3079.3 meters (10,103 feet) above the sea level, seemingly reaching the sky. Standing on the top of it, you can enjoy the snowy mountains in the west and the vast plain in the east. In addition in Golden Summit there are four spectacles: clouds sea, sunrise, Buddha rays and saint lamps. In 1996 Mt. Emei was enlisted in the world natural and cultural heritage by the UNESCO.

The trees are verdant almost all the year round; the waterfalls are splendid; the whole scenery is beautiful and quiet. The landscape varies according to the seasons, the height of mountain and the climate.

Source: http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/sichuan/leshan/mt_emei.htm

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