Man at His Best

China's New Ancient Warrior God Statue Will Strike Fear Into Other Statues

​Guan Yu​ stands over 150 feet tall, Green Dragon Crescent Blade​ in hand. ​

BY Jay Bennett | Jul 18, 2016 | Culture

China just unveiled an all-time statue. The 157-foot sculpture of the ancient Chinese warrior-god Guan Yu stands on a 33-foot pedestal designed to look like a warship. He's holding a long halberd weapon known as the "Green Dragon Crescent Blade," according to CCTV News China.

The 1,320-ton statue is situated in Jingzhou city in the Hubei province. The axe alone weighs 136 tons, and more than 4,000 strips of bronze were affixed to the statue with an adhesive, according to Shanghaiist. There's a museum inside the pedestal devoted to the great warrior.

Guan Yu was a general in the third century BC, during the period of the Three Kingdoms. He served under warlord Liu Bei and played a significant role in the civil war that led to the collapse of the Han Dynasty. Much of what is known about Guan Yu is now shrouded in myth. He was not only a character in Luo Guanzhong's historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms—one of the most well known works of Chinese literature—but he was also deified and is still worshiped today by many sects of Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism. Known for his loyalty and righteousness, statues of Guan Yu can be found all over China, though few compare to the new one in Jingzhou city.

From: Esquire US