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800-Year-Old Buddha Restored in China

Image: Workers peel off loose gold foil as part of a restoration project for a Thousand-Hand Guanyin Buddhist statue in Chongqing
Restoration workers peel off loose gold foil as part of a restoration project for an 800-year-old Thousand-Hand Guanyin Buddhist statue on Mount Baoding in Chongqing municipality on March 18.CHINA STRINGER NETWORK / Reuters

Workers peel off loose gold foil Tuesday as part of a restoration project for an 800-year-old Thousand-Hand Guanyin Buddhist statue on Mount Baoding in Chongqing, China. The stone-carved statue, which occupies nearly 300 feet on the mountain, dates back to the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279). Officials said the restoration project started in 2011 and would likely finish in the first half of 2015.