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Gigantic statue of ancient warrior god Guan Yu completed in Hubei

A leviathan statue of the ancient Chinese warrior god Guan Yu has been completed in Jingzhou city in Hubei province.

The statue weighs five times more than the Statue of Liberty in the US.
The statue weighs five times more than the Statue of Liberty in the US. Image by CCTV

The statue features over 4,000 strips of bronze and stands at 58 meters tall. The gargantuan god weighs in at a stunning 1,320 tonnes and can be seen holding a huge weapon known as the Green Dragon Crescent Blade that weighs a further 136 tonnes.

The Statue holds the “Green Dragon Crescent Blade”.

The piece acts as an impressive centre piece of the Guan Yu Park in Jingzhou, with an 8,000 square metre Guan Yu Museum inside the pedestal that was designed to mimic an ancient warship.

There is an 8,000 square metre museum to the historical figure beneath the statue.
There is an 8,000 square metre museum to the historical figure beneath the statue. Image by CCTV

Guan Yu was a real person who lived in China during the Three Kingdoms Period, and served as a General with a fearless reputation in the late Eastern Han dynasty.

The figure of Guan Yu stands at 58 metres tall.
The figure of Guan Yu stands at 58 metres tall. Image by CCTV