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China's mega statues

Head of a legendary ethnic Miao goddess statue is lifted at the construction site of the statue, in Jianhe County, Guizhou Province, April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Head of a legendary ethnic Miao goddess statue is lifted at the construction site of the statue, in Jianhe County, Guizhou Province, April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer

Head of a legendary ethnic Miao goddess statue is lifted at the construction site of the statue, in Jianhe County, Guizhou Province, April 15, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
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A worker paints as he repairs a bronze statue of a Guan Yu, a Chinese historical figure, in Nanyang, Henan province, China December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A worker paints as he repairs a bronze statue of a Guan Yu, a Chinese historical figure, in Nanyang, Henan province, China December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

A worker paints as he repairs a bronze statue of a Guan Yu, a Chinese historical figure, in Nanyang, Henan province, China December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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Participants hold placards above their heads as they form a figure, in front of a statue of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong in his youth, during an event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Changsha, Hunan province, China, August 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Stringer

Participants hold placards above their heads as they form a figure, in front of a statue of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong in his youth, during an event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Changsha, Hunan province,...more

Participants hold placards above their heads as they form a figure, in front of a statue of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong in his youth, during an event to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Changsha, Hunan province, China, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
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A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

A crane is seen next to a giant statue of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong under construction near crop fields in a village of Tongxu county, Henan province, China, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
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A giant statue of U.S. actress Marilyn Monroe is seen at the dump site of a garbage collecting company in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region June 18, 2014. The eight-meter-tall stainless steel statue, which weighs about eight tonnes, was made by several Chinese artists for over two years, based on the famous scene from her movie "The Seven Year Itch". The statue was transported to the garbage collecting company early this week for unknown reasons after being showed outside a business center in the city for only 6 months, local media reported. REUTERS/China Daily

A giant statue of U.S. actress Marilyn Monroe is seen at the dump site of a garbage collecting company in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region June 18, 2014. The eight-meter-tall stainless steel statue, which weighs about eight tonnes, was made...more

A giant statue of U.S. actress Marilyn Monroe is seen at the dump site of a garbage collecting company in Guigang, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region June 18, 2014. The eight-meter-tall stainless steel statue, which weighs about eight tonnes, was made by several Chinese artists for over two years, based on the famous scene from her movie "The Seven Year Itch". The statue was transported to the garbage collecting company early this week for unknown reasons after being showed outside a business center in the city for only 6 months, local media reported. REUTERS/China Daily
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People set up sand bags to reinforce an embankment in front of an Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue as waves brought by Typhoon Dujuan slam the coastline in Quanzhou, Fujian province September 29, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

People set up sand bags to reinforce an embankment in front of an Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue as waves brought by Typhoon Dujuan slam the coastline in Quanzhou, Fujian province September 29, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily

People set up sand bags to reinforce an embankment in front of an Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue as waves brought by Typhoon Dujuan slam the coastline in Quanzhou, Fujian province September 29, 2015. REUTERS/China Daily
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Workers carry out maintenance work on a statue at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, November 1, 2013.  REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Workers carry out maintenance work on a statue at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Workers carry out maintenance work on a statue at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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People walk past a partially-covered statue under construction at an amusement park in Luoyang, Henan province, April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

People walk past a partially-covered statue under construction at an amusement park in Luoyang, Henan province, April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer

People walk past a partially-covered statue under construction at an amusement park in Luoyang, Henan province, April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Stringer
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The head of a full-scale replica of the Sphinx, which is part of an unfinished theme park that will also accommodate the production of movies, television shows and animation, is seen behind trees on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic

The head of a full-scale replica of the Sphinx, which is part of an unfinished theme park that will also accommodate the production of movies, television shows and animation, is seen behind trees on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province May...more

The head of a full-scale replica of the Sphinx, which is part of an unfinished theme park that will also accommodate the production of movies, television shows and animation, is seen behind trees on the outskirts of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province May 15, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
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Panda statues are seen in front of buildings on a hazy day in Beijing, February 28, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

Panda statues are seen in front of buildings on a hazy day in Beijing, February 28, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily

Panda statues are seen in front of buildings on a hazy day in Beijing, February 28, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily
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People walk at the base of a large statue of the Buddhist figure called "Guanyin" in a park located next to a coal-burning power station in Beijing August 12, 2010.  REUTERS/David Gray

People walk at the base of a large statue of the Buddhist figure called "Guanyin" in a park located next to a coal-burning power station in Beijing August 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray

People walk at the base of a large statue of the Buddhist figure called "Guanyin" in a park located next to a coal-burning power station in Beijing August 12, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray
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Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue is seen in front of buildings under construction, at Chaoyin Temple, during a hazy day in Tianjin, China, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue is seen in front of buildings under construction, at Chaoyin Temple, during a hazy day in Tianjin, China, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva statue is seen in front of buildings under construction, at Chaoyin Temple, during a hazy day in Tianjin, China, August 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Labourers work on top of a building near a 24.2 metres tall statue of Song Qingling (Soong Ching-ling), the wife of Sun Yat-sen, in Zhengzhou, Henan province November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Donald Chan

Labourers work on top of a building near a 24.2 metres tall statue of Song Qingling (Soong Ching-ling), the wife of Sun Yat-sen, in Zhengzhou, Henan province November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Donald Chan

Labourers work on top of a building near a 24.2 metres tall statue of Song Qingling (Soong Ching-ling), the wife of Sun Yat-sen, in Zhengzhou, Henan province November 4, 2011. REUTERS/Donald Chan
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Statues are pictured on a hazy day in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

Statues are pictured on a hazy day in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song

Statues are pictured on a hazy day in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, February 19, 2014. REUTERS/Aly Song
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A statue of Houyi, a Chinese legendary hero who shot down nine suns with his bow and arrow, is silhouetted against a partial solar eclipse in Changzhi, Shanxi province July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A statue of Houyi, a Chinese legendary hero who shot down nine suns with his bow and arrow, is silhouetted against a partial solar eclipse in Changzhi, Shanxi province July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

A statue of Houyi, a Chinese legendary hero who shot down nine suns with his bow and arrow, is silhouetted against a partial solar eclipse in Changzhi, Shanxi province July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer
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