Quanzhou, Fujian - China
National Park "Mount Qingyuan"
Mt. Qingyuan is one of the principal tourist attractions in the Quanzhou area. The mountain's scenic area encompasses about 62 square kilometers. The main scenic area is about 3 kilometers to Quanzhou City. The Scenic Area is comprised of three mountains-Qingyuan, Ling and Jiuri.
The Statue of Lao-Tzu is on the left peak of Mt. Qingyuan. Lao-Tzu was a famous philosopher and thinker and the founder of Taoism. His statue is considered one of the finest expressions of stone carving art in the Song Dynasty. Lao-Tzu's left hand rests on his left knee and his right hand on a small table. His face is somewhat exaggerated with a pair of bright eyes, long eyebrows, a mustache and two oversized ears. It seems that he has seen through the vanity of the world and his face beams with happiness. This statue is the biggest extant stone sculpture of Lao-Tzu measuring 5 meters high and 8 meters wide.
The Statues of the Three Buddhas (Tibetan Buddhism) stand in the Bixiao Grotto on Mt. Qingyuan. They were built during the Yuan Dynasty. The three Buddhas are set in a rectangular niche and each sits on a lotus flower throne. In the middle is Sakyamuni with his right hand touching the ground. On the left is Dipamkarara who has an alms bowl in his left hand. On the right is Maitreya who sits in meditation. All three Buddhas exemplify the fine carving skills of Yuan Dynasty artisans.