Cao Dewang is a billionaire glass manufacturer, ranked as the 840th richest person in the world by Forbes in 2007. His company, Fuyao, sells glass to foreign automobile companies. Recently, Cao Dewang has been giving away a lot of his money.
Cao is a Buddhist, and sometimes he donates his money to restoring Buddhist temples. This one, finished in 2006, was his first. It’s the only Buddhist Pagoda to be made entirely out of copper.
Cao has donated to three other temples. One is on mount Putuo, near Shanghai, and another is in Fujian, his home province. Here’s a small picture of a large elephant statue from his latest project, the Chongen (崇恩）temple.
“I restore temples because of my private belief, I think China needs religion and soul” he said in an interview published last week.
“People need to believe in something, anything will do. I’m just worried about people believing in nothing” he said.