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Small Wild Goose Pagoda

With an area of 16.3 hectares, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area, which consist of the Xian Museum and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, is located in the southern suburb of Xian, about 2 kilometers to the south of the City Wall. Nowadays, this scenic area has become a wonderful leisure site for the appreciation of cultural relics, sightseeing and entertainment.

Xian Museum, the ancient Jianfu Temple built in the year 684 A.D during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), displays over 2,000 precious historical relics. In the central axis, there locate the White-Clothing Pavilion, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, the Sutra Depository, the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian) and the Maitreya Pavilion in the Jianfu Temple, along with verdant trees, grass and beautiful flowers. Moreover, beside the museum sits a big circular square and an artificial lake with two stone arch bridges. More convenient is the scenic area has an intelligent guide system which offers an audio guide device to visitors. When visitors come to a scenic spot, the device will automatically give a detailed explanation in Chinese and other languages versions, also a version to children. The deposit of this device is CNY 100.

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda, which was built in the year 707 A.D during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), has dainty and exquisite appearance, which is very different with Big Wild Goose Pagoda. With 43.38 meters high, this multi-eave brick pagoda is thirteen stories tall, rising skyward in an elegant spindle shape. Above the ground floor, the height of each storey diminishes, rendering a graceful curve to the contour. Multi-eaves are made by overlapping bricks which curve inward, a characteristic of the Tang Dynasty construction. The ground floor has arched doors facing north and south; the other floors have arched windows instead. The fine drawings on the doors reflect the artistic style prevailing in the Tang Dynasty. Inside, a narrow wooden stairway winds its way to the top of the pagoda.

As the construction of the pagoda, it is a wonder. Because Xian is located in an area where the earthquakes sometimes occur, and after so many earthquakes, only the pinnacle and the two upper floors (the original pagoda had fifteen stories) have been damaged. Remarkably, cracks in the pagoda which occurred during earthquakes have been closed by quakes that came later. The pagoda base is made from packed earth in the shape of a hemisphere. In case of an earthquake, the pressure can be evenly divided, thus the pagoda has remained standing after over seventy earthquakes.

Jianfu Temple is well known for its 3.5 meters high giant iron bell, which makes a magnificent clear sound that can be heard more than three miles away. The iron bell has a stunning 10 tons in weight.

The Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area, with its brand-new appearance, welcomes tourists from both home and abroad.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda Notes

New Year's Temple Fair
Date: usually from lunar December 28 - lunar January 15 (three days before the Chinese New Year - 15 days after)
Hours: 09:00-21:00
Activities: various exhibitions, folk performances and lantern displays

Admission Fee:
CNY 20 (not allow to ascend the pagoda)
CNY 50 (allow to ascend the pagoda)

Opening Hours:
During the Temple Fair, the pagoda is closed at 17:00, and the scenic spots are closed at 22:00, the last entry at 21:00.

Bus Route:
Take Bus 18, 21, 29, 32, 40, 46, 203, 204, 224, 407, 410, 508, 521, 610, 700, 707, tourism bus no.7, tourism bus no.8 or Wulong Special Line and get off at Xiao Yan Ta (Small Wild Goose Pagoda) station.