World's largest stone Buddha re-opens to visitors after emergency restoration

World's largest stone Buddha re-opens to visitors after experts carried out emergency restoration on the 1,300-year-old statue in China The gigantic 233ft tall Leshan Buddha was hand-carved out of a mountain face by a river in Sichuan, China Experts repaired the cracks on the statue's chest and cleaned its face during the six-month conservation  Tourists can once again climb the 250 steps leading to the top of the Buddha's head after it re-opened today  The famous figure built in Tang Dynasty is the world's largest carved stone Buddha, according to UNESCO 

By Tracy You For Mailonline

Published: 13:28 BST, 1 April 2019 | Updated: 13:36 BST, 1 April 2019

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China's gigantic 71-metre-tall (233-foot-tall) Leshan Buddha re-opened to the public today after experts carried out emergency restoration on the ancient holy statue. 

The famous Leshan Buddha is the largest stone Buddha in the world, according to UNESCO. 

Emergency and preliminary conservation was given to the chest, abdomen and face of the 1,300-year-old gigantic figure, which was hand-carved out of a mountain face from the eighth century in south-western China's Sichuan Province.

Meet the Leshan Buddha: The 71-metre-tall (233-foot-tall) statue in China's Sichuan Province has re-opened to tourists after undergoing six months of emergency restoration on its face and chest. The picture of the Buddha was taken on March 25

Meet the Leshan Buddha: The 71-metre-tall (233-foot-tall) statue in China's Sichuan Province has re-opened to tourists after undergoing six months of emergency restoration on its face and chest. The picture of the Buddha was taken on March 25

Workers cleaned the Leshan Buddha's face and repaired the cracks on its chest and abdomen. The repair project started in October last year and the Buddha was covered up in scaffolding. The picture of the Buddha was taken on March 19

Workers cleaned the Leshan Buddha's face and repaired the cracks on its chest and abdomen. The repair project started in October last year and the Buddha was covered up in scaffolding. The picture of the Buddha was taken on March 19

The repair project started in October last year and the Buddha was covered up in scaffolding. The scaffolding was removed in late March after experts mended the cracks and tears on the statue. 

Tourists are once again able to climb the 250 steps leading to the top of the Buddha's head - also carved out of the mountain - and see the entirety of towering sitting Buddha from the Min River by the mountain. 

A live-streaming video on People's Daily's social media site shows throngs of excited tourists flocking to see the Buddha today. 

Construction of the Buddha began in 713 AD during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) at the meeting point of three rivers, the Min,

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