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Largest Maitreya Buddha statue consecrated in SW China

(Xinhua)

15:06, September 07, 2011

Monks play music during a ceremony to consecrate the newly erected statue of Maitreya Buddha in the Longquan Temple in Jiangkou County, Tongren Prefecture, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Sept. 6, 2011. The copper-made Maitreya Buddha statue, with a height of 31.99 meters and weighing 660 metric tons, is the largest of this kind in the open air in Guizhou Province. (Xinhua/Ou Dongqu)
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