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China's Pagodas
2005-11-25 17:31:54

Three Pagodas

The Three Pagodas are among the oldest standing structures in south-western China. Clear weather permitting, they look especially pretty when reflected in the nearby Erhai Lake. The tallest of the three, Qianxun Pagoda, has 16 tiers that reach a height of almost 70 meters. The first Pagoda was originally erected in the middle of the 9th century, about the same time as the  Big Goose Pagoda and Small Goose Pagoda in Xi'an.

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Yingxian Pagoda

In the center of the small town of Yingxian, 75 kilometers south of Datong, the stately Yingxian Pagoda stands as one of the oldest wooden buildings in China. Built in 1056 during the Liao dynasty, the octagonal pagoda, towering nearly 70m high with nine internal stories, is a masterpiece of structual engineering.

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Liuhe Pagoda

Liuhe Ta (The Six Harmonies Pagoda) is the oldest standing pagoda in Hangzhou. Already along the city's outskirts, the 60-meter high octagonal pagoda is accessible by taxi.  It served as a lighthouse back in the days (1200s) when Hangzhou was the center of commerce along the Grand Canal. Today the Pagoda provides a sanctuary for those who want a relaxing, carefree Hangzhou. The grounds provide a charming walk with its numerous sculptures, bells, and shrines. Climbing up Liuhe Ta costs extra, but it's worthwhile considering the panoramic view of the Qiantang River Tidal Bore (September), some 60 kilometers away.

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Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Large Wild Goose Pagoda (dayanta) is located within the premises of the Temple of Great Maternal Grace (Dacien Si). This magnificent pagoda is four kilometers south of Xi'an and many regard it as a symbol of the city. The pagoda, built in 652 A.D, is a square pyramid and stands at 60 meters high and seven storeys tall.

Legend has it that the Temple was built by Emperor Tang Gaozong to honor his mother, Empress Wende. The Temple is also said to have been built to house and protect Buddhist scriptures collected in India by the Chinese monk, Xuan Zang.

More about the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Shaanxi

Iron Pagoda

The pagoda is also known as the Iron Pagoda in Kaifeng. Actually it is not made of iron, but of red, brown, blue and green glazed bricks. As the main hue is reddish brown, the pagoda looks like iron from afar and has thus been called the Iron Pagoda for hundreds of years.

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Haibao Pagoda

The Sea Treasure Pagoda (Haibao ta), also known as the North Pagoda (Bei ta), is located a short walk from the old sector (Laocheng) of the city. The temple was originally built in the 5th century, although it was toppled by an earthquake in 1739 and rebuilt in its original style in 1771.

More about the Haibo Pagoda in Ningxia




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