Restoration of Thousand-Handed Guanyin statue started

14:53, April 19, 2011      

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A technician conducts laser scanning on the Thousand-Handed Guanyin statue. (Photo by Zhou Hengyi, Xinhua)

A project of salvageable preservation on a Thousand-Handed Guanyin statue started formally at the site of the Dazu Rock Carvings located in Dazu County of southwest China's Chongqing Municipality on April 18, 2011.

The Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings dating back as far as the 7th century A.D., which depict and are influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.

Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues with more than 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online
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