Qufu, the hometown of Confucius, can now lay rightful claim to the world’s tallest statue of the ancient philosopher.
Formally inaugurated on the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday this Monday, the brass and reinforced steel effigy stands 72 meters tall atop a 7,800-square-meter base.
Its height, according to project manager Hu Yantao, corresponds to the number of sages among the disciples of Confucius.
A structure of its stature is unparalleled in Qufu, where local building codes dictate that no constructions can exceed the comparatively modest height of Dacheng Hall, the main sanctuary in the Temple of Confucius.
Framed by the rolling hills of Nishan, the statue towers over the surrounding landscape with a presence that gestures at the outsized influence of Confucian thought in China.