Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta), Xi'an

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Listed as a World Heritage Site, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) represents a well-preserved structure originally built in 652 that serves as an important holy site for Buddhists. Considered a symbol of the ancient city, the building currently stands 64 meters tall (210 ft), but it underwent many restorations throughout history due to numerous earthquakes which repeatedly damaged its foundation and façade. As you approach the pagoda, notice how the brick exterior looks like a square cone. Inside, observe the walls engraved with statues of Buddha as you climb the twisting staircase and take in the panoramic view from the arch-shaped doors on each of the seven storys. If you wish to take a seat on the viewing platform, you'll need to purchase a ticket. Put Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) and other Xi'an attractions into our Xi'an itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very extensive temple with several exquisite figures where one can learn about one of the types of religion in China
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  • August 15, 2017
    Climbed up to seven times, in overlooking the city, of course, is not how to stairs only. The weather exceeding 40 degrees during the give up stairs, only from underneath. Is still worth.
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  • August 15, 2017
    This has become too much of a tourist attraction. The pagoda is beautiful and the surrounding buildings too. But there's kfc etc near and it loses its character. Full of chinese people sprawled out on...  more »
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  • June 16, 2016
    Large park area with the important Goose Pagoda at it's centre. Worth a stroll if you have some spare time in Xian.

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