I am very lucky to live so close to two giant stone buddhas. I’ve already been to see the Leshan giant buddha, the largest stone buddha in the world, and today I went to visit the Rongxian buddha which is about half as tall. This rock-cut buddha dates back to the Tang dynasty and used to be covered in bright red paint. One of my students who is from Rongxian invited me to visit her town and it took us about two hours to get there. This was also her first time visiting the buddha because the entrance fee ($3.00) was too expensive for her family.