Small Goose Pagoda (Xiǎoyàn Tǎ)
Small Goose Pagoda (Xiǎoyàn Tǎ) Review
Once part of the 7th-century Jianfu Temple, this 13-tier pagoda was built by Empress Wu Zetian in 707 to honor her predecessor, Emperor Gao Zong. Much less imposing than the Big Goose Pagoda, the smaller pagoda housed Buddhist texts brought back from India by the pilgrim Yiqing in the 8th century. A tremendous earthquake in 1555 lopped off the top two stories of what was originally a 15-story structure; climbing to the top lets you examine the damage. The Xian Museum (entrance Y10) is part of the same complex, and shows how the ancient capital changed over the centuries. The whole park offers good people-watching opportunities, and is very peaceful compared to other Xian attractions.
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