China has an enigmatic and colourful history that spans back many millennia. If you wish to see a particular well-preserved ancient building, then look no further than the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.
The original pagoda was built during the mid to late 7th century during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of Tang. The techniques utilised in its construction proved ineffective in the long run since it collapsed fifty years after construction.
The pagoda was rebuilt during the rule of Empress Wu Zetian who added five extra stories to the new structure. Unfortunately, an earthquake in 1556 reduced the structure by three stories, which formed the seven-storey structure that exists today.
The pagoda’s main purpose was to house Buddhist statues and knowledge. The prior were collected by Buddhist traveller and translator, Xuanzang, from his travels to India during the 7th century. His priceless collection was put together over the course of 17 years.
Renowned Tourist Destination
The pagoda is currently classified as an AAA Tourist Attraction and attracts many tourists due to its spiritual and historic significance. If you find yourself on vacation in one of many Xi An China hotels situated nearby, such as Grand Park Xian then you should consider paying a visit.
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