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Koxinga Statue at Gulangyu receives Sculpture Achievement Award

Updated: 2010-01-16
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The statue is 15.7 meters high, 1,617 tons in weight and
is formed by 625 pieces of “Quanzhou white” granites
 
The statue of Zheng Chenggong (Koxinga), a general of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), at Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, southeast China’s Fujian province, has recently been awarded the “Urban Sculpture Construction Achievement Award of People’s Republic of China”.
 
The selection activity was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Housing & Urban-Rural Construction. A total of 60 urban sculptures were awarded this special achievement award in China.
 
The huge granite statue of Zheng Chenggong was placed on a huge rock (Fuding Rock) at the southeast tip of Gulangyu Island on August 27, 1985, to mark the 361 birth anniversary of the national hero. The statue is 15.7 meters high, 1,617 tons in weight and is formed by 625 pieces of “Quanzhou white” granites, with 23 layers in total. It was created by Ms. Shi Yi, a professor of the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
 
Zheng, who was known as Koxinga, was born in Fujian in 1623. He led troops across the Taiwan Strait from Kinmen Island in 1661, and, after a year of fighting, defeated Dutch colonialists who had occupied Taiwan for 38 years.
 
Translated by WOXnews.com
SOURCE Link: Xiamen Daily
 
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