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Ancient Buddha statue discovered emerging from the water in China


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We all have those “a-ha!” moments when we discover something we thought was gone forever – but it’s rarely anything more monumental than finding a sock down the side of our bed.

This is what you call a serious discovery – a Buddha statue believed to be around 600 years old. Official state news agency Xinhua reported that after water levels fell during renovation work on a hydropower gate in Jiangxi Province, eastern China, last month, a local villager spotted its head emerging.

And it’s such a serene sight.

The Buddha’s head sits back against a cliff, overlooking the Hongmen reservoir, in the city of Fuzhou. A number of tourists, as well as locals, are reportedly paying a visit to the new discovery.

Meanwhile, it’s down to an underwater archaeology team to investigate the mysterious statue – what a cool job, hey?

Xu Changqing, head of the provincial research institute of archaeology, told Xinhua that a temple could have existed in the spot the statue was found.

The discovery seems to have certainly got some people thinking anyway…

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