Big Wild Goose Pagoda as a symbol of the old, but also well-preserved ancient buildings, Buddhist holy places. It is located in the southern suburbs of Xi'an, about 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the city center. Standing in the Great Mercy Temple Complex, famous for Buddhist fame, the architecture is simple and attractive. Big Wild Goose Pagoda was named a national key cultural relics protection units, AAAA tourist attractions. In addition, it is included in the World Heritage List with other sites along the ancient Silk Road on June 22, 2014.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was built in the 652，Tang Dynasty. And its function is to collect Buddhist material taken from India during the reign of Xuan Zang hierarch.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda was originally built up to 60 meters (197 feet) with five floors. Now up to 64.5 meters (211.6 feet), and another two floors. The external big wild goose pagoda looks like a square cone, simple and magnificent, is a masterpiece of Buddhist architecture. Built of bricks, its structure is very strong. Inside the pagoda, the stairs twist up so that visitors can climb from the arched door on every side of the floor, overlooking the panoramic view of the city. Yan Liben, a famous painter in the Tang Dynasty engraved with statues. The famous calligrapher's monument also makes this pagoda elegant.
As for the reason known as the Wild Goose Pagoda, there is a legend. In the ancient Buddhist history, there are two branches, one is forbidden to eat meat, and another one is allowed. One day, they could not find the meat to buy. A monk saw a group of geese flying over and he said: "Today we have no meat, and I hope that the compassionate Bodhisattva will give us some. At that moment, the leading geese fell to the ground. All the monks were scared, they believe the Bodhisattva showed his spirit and made them more pious. So they established a place where the Wild Goose Pagoda fell and stopped eating meat, and named this tower as Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
The entire scenic area includes Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Tai Ci Temple, the surrounding various squares, gardens and other facilities.
Da Ci'en Temple
A pagoda was built on the site in the Sui Dynasty(589 A.D.). It is called the fifth floors.
The temple once housed 13 separate courtyards containing 1879 magnificent rooms. This is a magnificent place in the Tang Dynasty. However, the situation deteriorated gradually after the collapse of the dynasty. The hall and room so far survived are buildings built in the Ming dynasty.
Bid Wild Goose Pagoda musical fountain Square
The area of the Wild Goose Pagoda North Square is about 110,000 square meters, it is Asia's largest musical fountain. The Fountain Music Show features the longest lampstands in the world, the longest spectral and the largest acoustic complexes.
Fountains generally include 1360 sets of pumps, 1124 sets of sensors, 3300 sets of lamps and more than 2000 sets of nozzles. In addition, it is equipped with a high-tech lighting system and professional audio system.
The most amazing is the sound, light, water and fountain colors are harmoniously together.
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