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.
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