The largest statue of Chinese Marquis Guan Yu in the Three Kingdoms period (220 AD – 280 AD) is to be unveiled soon in Jinzhou, central China’s Henan province. The scaffoldings are gradually being removed.
Weighing 1200 tonnes, the 58-meter tall statue is the heaviest in the world of this iconic Chinese war hero.
Guan Yu (died 220 AD) courtesy name Yunchang, was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He was extremely faithful to friends, and was incomparably good at battlefield. Guan Yu was later deified and has been worshipped by Chinese since then. As a figure in Chinese folk religion, Guan’s small shrines are almost ubiquitous in Chinese shops and restaurants as a blessing for good fortune.