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“Free water show you get what you pay for” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Enci Temple The southern part of Yata Road, Yanta District, Xi'an 710061, China
029-85535014
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Ranked #9 of 240 Attractions in Xi'an
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: Located on the grounds of the Jianfu Temple, this pagoda (circa 652 A.D.) is considered on of the most famous in China due to its antiquity and historical relevance in connection with Buddha.
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“Free water show you get what you pay for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Big fountain in a large square. Guards are near the water in case you might sit on the waters edge or heaven forbid touch the water. They blow a whistle if you do. Not impressed .

Visited June 2013
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“A tangible bit of old Xian surrounded by the new”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

The pagoda and grounds are beautifully preserved, and are surrounded by some of Xian's most recent developements, including a new shopping mall, a large plaza that is popular with kite fliers, dancers, roller skaters and others just enjoying the people watching. Along the outside of the east wall of the pagoda's grounds is a wide strolling pedestrian thoroughfare, lined with numeorus carts selling souveniers and snacks. Outside the north end of the grounds are more pedestrian thoroughfares highlighting Tang dynasty art, shops, restaurants and a huge pool (a city block long) of fountains, the largest water feature in Asia. In the evening, there was a dancing fountains show set to music (Chinese and Western classics)

Inside the pagoda's grounds it is far quieter than the commercial bustle outside the walls. The Da Ci'en temple (named after Empress Wu) has a Bell Tower and Drum Tower as well as a Sermon Hall, where the monks and disciples would gather to listen to sermons.

For a small additional fee, we climbed the seven stories of the pagoda itself. Warning: The stairways are a bit narrow, and accomodate climbers going up and down; also the steps themselves are narrrow and can vary from step to step -- Westerners with large shoe sizes will need to pay a little extra attention to the varying length of the steps. There are displays on the first few floors of artifacts, the top two or three floors simply have wonderful views of Xian.

Visited July 2013
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“Good choice for quick Xian tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

We only had a couple of days in Xian. Our tour guide wisely choose this as one of the destinations. We didn't go up in the pagoda (I think one can), but just the temple area surrounding it was worth the visit.

Visited July 2013
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“Buddhist Temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Our Xi'an guide took us to the Wild Goose Pagoda Temple where she introduced us to another guide, his name was Lee, he was her English lecturer from the university, he is also a Buddhist and a member of this temple, so we had a very informative tour.
The pagoda itself is made of stone and wood, it has survived an earthquake which is amazing because all the stonework was mortared together using a mixture of sand, fruit syrup and sticky rice, pretty interesting.
The whole temple area is well looked after, one of the buildings has all of the interior walls covered with jade artwork depicting scenes of Buddhism, jade comes in many different colours, not just green, the jade work was all commissioned by a rich member of their temple.
They have a lot of paintings on display, some very old, plus an artist studio where you can buy a lot of different styles of Chinese paintings. There is also a gift shop.

Visited April 2013
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“The leaning tower of Xi'an”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Ok, there is not much on the inside. We did climb to the top and the only reason to do that is for the views. However, just seeing the outside, and the walk up to the pagoda, is very nice. Be sure to see the dancing fountains to the north.

Visited July 2013
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