China to save its oldest cliff Buddha from collapse





China's oldest cliff-carved Buddha statue is to be saved from collapse, with a $10.8m (£6.6m) facelift, a state-run news agency has reported.

Found by a farmer in 2005, the 1,459-year-old statue was carved on Meng Mountain near Taiyuan, Shanxi province.

But the huge form was now in danger of collapsing into abandoned coal mines, Xinhua news agency said.

Seven coal mines in the area had been closed in 2007 to protect the ancient stone statue, Xinhua said.



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