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The statue of bodhisattva Puxian (Samantabhadra) and Jinting (Golden pavilion) on top of Emeishan at elevetion of 3000m.
Emeishan is the highest of wuyue ie. the 5 sacred buddhist marchmounts in China. It represents south and is dedicated to bodhisattva Puxian who according to legend appeared here riding on an elephant.
The statue is completely new (less than 20 years I suppose). Well... the pavilion is new too but at least in its place there stood a "golden" (copperplated in fact) pavilion from the early 18th century untill the crazy years of the Great Leap backwards, when it was demolished and the precious metal ended into improvised furnaces to me melted for other uses.
Emeishan has the highest annual rainfall in whole China and it is often misty and rainy. I have been here twice and I been really lucky - or perhaps blessed by mountain spirits or Puxian itself - both times the weather has been suitably cloudy - neither bland thick mists nor boring blue skies.

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Additional Photos by Pekka Nihtinen (DrWu) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 132] (1562)
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