27m high Maitreya Buddha at Binglingsi (Yellow River, Gansu)
Ref: 070624-1681 Date: 24-06-2007
A view of the 27m high Maitreya Buddha (Tang Dynasty) from the Buddhist temple (Binglingsi, Yongjing). The temple courtyard is full of roses and the smoke is from burning incense. Binglingsi was an important Buddhist centre on the Silk Road, connecting the Tibetan Empire with Han China. Natural and manmade caves, caverns and cliff faces on the north bank of the Yellow River are illustrated with wall paintings, sculptures and inscriptions. The art dates from the 5th c AD to the early 20th century AD (from the Western Jin Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty).