|Inscribed :1996 Criteria: C (iv) (vi); N (iv)
Justification for Inscription:
of the 20th Session of the Committee
The first Buddhist temple in China was built here in Sichuan province
in the first century in very beautiful surroundings atop Mt. Emei. The
addition of other temples turned the site into one of the main holy places
of Buddhism. Over the centuries, the cultural treasures grew in number.
The most remarkable was the Giant Buddha of Leshan, carved out of a hillside
in the eighth century and looking down on the junction of three rivers.
At 71 metres high, it is the largest Buddha in the world. Mt. Emei is also
notable for it very diverse vegetation, ranging from sub- tropical to subalpine
pine forests. Some of the trees are more than a thousand years old.