The Daxiang Giant Buddha

The Daxiang Giant Buddha (Daxiang dafo), part of a cliff on the Giant Statue Mountain (Daxiangshan), stands three kilometers from the main tourists sights of Gangu county. The statue itself, a representation of the Buddha Sakyamuni, is 23 km in height, and is well detailed.

The Daxiang Giant Buddha  The Daxiang Giant Buddha
According to both historical records and the relics that have been excavated here and around this region, the Buddha was built in the Northern Wei dynasty, some 1,500 years ago. Many of the features of the Buddha are in the style of the Tang dynasty, however, and it has been suggested that it took sculptors over three centuries, and four dynasties, to complete the making of this cultural treasure.To get to Gangu,you should take the bus from Tianshui, in front of the square, at any time between 8-9 am. The journey will take between one and one and a half hours and costs between RMB 10-15. The attraction can be reached on foot along a path leading up from Gangu town in about an hour.You should pay RMB 5 for a ticket.

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