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Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big Wild Goose Pagoda nearby Shaanxi History Museum stands in the Da Ci’en Temple. So it is also known as Da Ci’en Pagoda. The pagoda was built in 652 for keeping the Buddhist Scriptures which were taken back from India by Master Xuanzang. Till today the pagoda has been standing here for over 1,350 years. Da Cien Temple was built by a princess in the Tang Dynasty in memory of his mother. And the temple used to be the imperial temple of the Tang Dynasty. After the construction of the pagoda, Master Xuanzang and his college spent tens of years here to translate Buddhist sutras in to Chinese language and later he founded a new school of Buddhism.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The initial pagoda had an earthen body with bricks applied on the outsides. From 701-704 during the Empress Wu Zetian’s reign she had the pagoda rebuilt into a tower-like seven storied brick pagoda, which has been kept as it was until now. Standing 64 meters high the pagoda is in a square conical shape with its bottom measuring 25 meters on all four sides and the length of platform 45 meters for each side. Inside the pagoda there is a wooden stairs which leads to top layer of the pagoda. Each layer has 4 windows through which tourists could overlook landscape around the pagoda. In ancient time, having one’s name and poem left on Big Wild Goose Pagoda is great honer to scholars. In the Tang Dynasty, it was much popular among intellectuals who passed the imperial examination which just like today’s civil service examination.

Surrounding the pagoda there is the North Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda and South Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The musical fountain is just located on the north square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The fountain show is available daily every 2 hours. People could appreciate the show for free. If one wants to have a better view of the fountain show, he could buy a tickets to get a seat on the platform in front of the fountain pool.

The Great Tang All Day Mall lies in the foot of the famous Big Wild Goose Pagoda is another highlight here. Buildings here are all built in the Grand Tang Dynasty style. It is seen as the continuation and upgrading of the Tang-Dynasty culture. Great Tang All Day Mall puts cultural clothes on modern commerce, and brings the most wonderful scene-night consumption of the longest commercial street of Asia to its utmost. At night, the street is splendid and brilliant. Music, lamplight, flowing water and fountains are echoing with each other, and poems, flowers, smiles and screams are interweaving together. Walking along the street, you can do some shopping, or for sightseeing, or join in the square dance, or just idle around. At the same time of experiencing the Tang Dynasty culture, you can enjoy everything full of happiness and leisure. Talking a walk on the square and All Day Mall here at night you will feel the classic elegance of Xian.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda


Entrance fee:
RMB50 per person for entrance fee. RMB30 per person for ascending the pagoda

Opening hours: 08:00-17:00

Public transportation: Bus No. 5, No. 19, No. 21, No. 23, No. 27, No. 30, No. 34

Tips for Big Wild Goose Pagoda Visiting:

  • Tourists who visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda after Shaanxi History Museum could walk there. It will take about only 10 minutes on foot.
  • If you meet some one persuades you to take photos for you. Please do not hesitate to refuse them. They will charge you incredible high cost.

In tourism center on North Square tourists could take the double layer sightseeing bus to see night view of Qujiang District. The bus departs when night falls and the cost is RMB120 per person.

Tours including Big Wild Goose Pagoda:

Xian Essence Day Tour

3 Days Best of Xian Package Tour

2 Days Beijing Xian Tour by Flight

2 Days Shanghai Xian Tour by Train + Flight

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