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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dàyàn Tǎ)

  • Yanta Lu Map It
  • Xian
  • Building/Architectural Site

Published 02/08/2016

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This impressively tall pagoda lies 4 km (2½ miles) southeast of South Gate, on the grounds of the still-active Temple of Thanksgiving (Da Ci'en Si). The pagoda was constructed adjacent to the Tang palace in the 7th century to house scriptures brought back from India by a monk Xuan Zang. It's been rebuilt numerous times since then, most recently during the Qing Dynasty, in Ming style. A park and huge plaza surround the temple, and locals gather here after work to fly kites, stroll hand in hand, and practice calligraphy. There is a popular water-fountain show synchronized to music at noon and 9 pm. The main entrance gate to the temple is on the plaza's southern edge.

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Yanta Lu, Xian, Shaanxi, 710061, China

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  • Y50; additional Y40 to climb the pagoda

Published 02/08/2016


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Nov 27, 2016

A Larger Than Life Remnant of Time

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a remnant of time that almost seems out of place in modern-day Xi’an. It sits in one of the city’s newer districts and is surrounded by a large square with vendors selling plenty of different items. Perhaps it is best to avoid the square if touristy things do not appeal to you. Entering the grounds of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda reveals a beautiful world of history and architecture. Gardens provide a tranquil escape

from the bustle of Xi’an while a museum showcases some priceless pieces of China’s ancient past. The tower itself is a grand structure on the inside with murals and stunning atmosphere.

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