CHINA, KAIFENG : This photo taken on January 4, 2016 shows a
huge statue of Chairman Mao Zedong under construction in Tongxu county
in Kaifeng, central China’s Henan province. The statue reportedly
measures 120 feet (36.6meters) in height and is located in Zhushigang
village. AFP PHOTO
AFGHANISTAN, BAMIYAN : This photo taken on June 7, 2015 shows the
projected image of a Buddha statue in Bamiyan that had been destroyed by
the Taliban in 2001. The initiative to visually restore the destroyed
antiquities was dreamt up by Chinese couple Zhang Xinyu and Liang Hong,
who are travelling through countries on the historic Silk Road route.
AFP PHOTO / Kamran Shafayee
Gilded wood statue of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, embodiment of compassion. Unknown Chinese artist; Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE). Now in the Shanghai Museum. Photo credit: Mountain/Wikimedia Commons.