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World's Tallest Statue: Spring Temple Buddha, China
If you plunked this golden Buddha statue on the Vegas Strip, even without a flashing neon marquis, heads would turn. Its sheer size alone is enough to command attention. At a towering 502 feet, China's Spring Temple Buddha would stand nearly eye level with one of Sin City's tallest hotel casinos: the 36-floor Bellagio. Instead, this Buddha rises grandly among the rolling green hills of the Fodushan Scenic Area in east-central China. Its name, Spring Temple Buddha, is said to derive from the nearby Tianrui hot spring known for its healing properties.
If You Go: Other nearby attractions include the Foquan Temple, built during the Tang dynasty, and its massive 116-ton bronze Bell of Good Luck. When struck, the bell's resonance can be heard several miles away. Besides the hot spring, the area is known for its waterfalls and scenic Tongtian River.