Unique "squarish" pagoda. 5 Storey tall. Specially built for the Tang Monk to preserve the Buddhist scripts which he brought back from the journey west
I visited this lovely pagoda in the Northern Square in late afternoon and stayed till late at night. The dancing fountains and the music was really great. But it looks even more beautiful at night when the Pagoda and the fountain area is all lit up. The lush green gardens in the park help people to relax, unwind, dance, sing... More
If you like the fountain, go at night but do not stand at far end of the fountain pool as there will be a strong single jet that shoot real high. Depending on the wind, you may get drenched. Fountain is best watch at night as they will light up the pagoda, it is a real beautiful sight. As for... More
The area around the fountain has plenty of shops. A small park across the street to the east has an smaller fountain and is dedicated to Chinese Opera. Explore the park and you might find musicians and singers. Go to the shopping center south west of the pagoda and be amazed at the electronic display on the ceiling.
This is one of the largest Pagodas in the area which was built to store important manuscripts. It is surrounded by temple buildings. It was a hot day and I did not have the energy to walk up to the top!
Our hotel was close by so a stroll through this area provided a very pleasant way to spend our evenings. The vista of the Pagoda through the floodlit fountain was quite stunning. The free 'fountain show' every evening is very impressive and popular.
You better get there early in the evening to catch one of the front rows as it can get very busy. The show itself is beautiful and is a must see when you are in Xi`An and if they would match the music (sound) to the atmosphere, then it would be even fantastic.
The lights and fountains are beautifull. It is a shame that the music could not be heard well enough as they do not have speakers all around the fountain. If you want to have a good view, be there at least 30 minutes before the show starts. You can get wet depending where you stand and the wind blows.
Ok the fountain show may not be technically the best ever, but it is beautifully lit, even down to the fake cherry blossom (which looks really naff by day) and the music is stirring enough to build an atmosphere. The local Chinese people love parks, you can see them dancing, exercising even practicing swordplay. And with the street food sellers... More
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