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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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  • A different Buddhist temple from those I've seen in Nepal and Tibet. Had a good guide, with a great sense of humor and good English, but there was a definite hard sell in the last 15 minutes of the to...  more »
  • A must for anyone staying at the Westin. Actually, the hotel provides vouchers for free admission to the park. To go up the actual Pagoda itself you pay an extra 35rmb per person (about £4 GMP).  more »
  • Unlike other more ornate pagodas in China, this pagoda is surprisingly austere and authentic. The surrounding is serene. Good place to visit in the afternoon (after the noon meal) to learn about Buddh...  more »
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  • 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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