Built between 713 and 803, the Leshan Giant Buddha is a 233-foot-tall depiction of Maitreya Buddha that was carved out of a Cretaceous red bed sandstone cliff face. Located near the Sichuan city of Leshan, the sculpture sits facing Mount Emei — one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China — with the Min and Dadu rivers flowing underneath it, making for a scene so stunning it almost looks photoshopped.