buddhist sculptures found in Yangtze river
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Shrinking Yangtze River waters reveal 600 old sculptures

According to the Xinhua Press agency, the shrinking water levels of China’s Yangtze river has revealed 3 ancient Buddhist statues which are approximately 600 years old.

These three statues were found on the highest part of the island reef called Foyeliang, which were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

The Yangtze’s water levels have been falling rapidly due to a drought and a heatwave in China’s southwestern region.  

Rainfall in the Yangtze River drainage area fell about 30% in July and is 60% lower than normal in August, with the river’s tributaries “significantly lower” than historical levels, according to the Yangtze River Water Resources Commission.

Photo: Reuters