GIANT WILD GOOSE PAGODA or BIG WILD GOOSE PAGODA (Chinese :
大雁塔; pinyin : Dàyàn tǎ), is a
* 1 Surroundings and history * 2 Gallery * 3 Notes * 4 References
SURROUNDINGS AND HISTORY
The original pagoda was built during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of
Tang (r. 649–683), then standing at a height of 54 m (177 ft). This
construction of rammed earth with a stone exterior facade collapsed
five decades later. The ruling Empress
A massive earthquake in 1556 heavily damaged the pagoda and reduced it by three stories, to its current height of seven stories.
The structure leans very perceptibly (several degrees) to the west.
Its related structure, the 8th century
Small Wild Goose Pagoda in
Xi'an, only suffered minor damage in the 1556 earthquake (unrepaired
to this day). The
Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
The tower can be accessed from the Da Yan Ta station of line 3 of the Xi\'an Metro . One entrance is located at the northeast corner of the north plaza. A new entrance will open later this year at the northwest corner of the north plaza.
Close up view of the eaves and exterior bricks *
Avalokiteshvara Hall *
View from the park *
* ^ Watson, 185. * ^ A B Ingles (1982), 144.
* Benn, Charles (2002). China's Golden Age: Everyday Life in the Tang Dynasty. Oxford: Oxford University Press. * Ingles, O.G. "Impressions of a Civil Engineer in China," The Australian Journal of Chinese Affairs (Number 7, 1982): 141–150. * Heng Chye Kiang. (1999). Cities of Aristocrats and Bureaucrats: The Development of Medieval Chinese Cityscapes. Singapore: Singapore University Press. ISBN 9971-69-223-6 . * Watson, William. (2000). The Arts of China to A.D. 900. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-30