Brick Tower

Brick Tower, Zhengding County: Hours, Address, Brick Tower Reviews: 4.5/5

Brick Tower
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AJ @ CK
By AJ @ CK
Impressive
Oct 2019
This pagoda is inside Kaiyuan Temple, which confusingly has a separate entry on TripAdvisor. It appears to have several names - the Brick Pagoda, Goose Pagoda, Sumeru Tower, and in Chinese, Xumi Pagoda. The impressive Tang Dynasty structure (built in 636) reminded me of the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, but you can't climb this one (if you want a view over Zhengding you can climb the pagoda in nearby Guanghui Temple, or climb the city wall at the south gate). The temple itself is fascinating - though there's not much left of the actual temple buildings. Not only does it have the one remaining Tang Dynasty bell tower in China, but it also has one of the largest Bixi (turtle base for a stela) ever found in China, and part of the huge stela next to it. The size and weight of these is just incredible. There's also the unusual San Men pavilion, which looks very unlike other Chinese buildings. There are English signs explaining each feature of the temple. Entry is 10RMB. As with all the temples in Zhengding (except Longxing aka Big Buddha Temple) it stays open until 11pm and is brightly lit up, making it ideal for night photography. Right next to the temple you can see part of the archaeological excavation of Zhengding left uncovered and on display with signs explaining the different features (in Chinese only unfortunately). It’s very easy to get to, being only a 20-minute cab ride from the centre of Shijiazhuang, or take bus 177 from the medical university bus stop (河北医大) north of the stadium on Zhongshan Road to Zhengding Nanmen (正定南门; if using a transport card you’ll be asked to pay twice when leaving the previous payment zone). Then walk into the walled town and see the map with specific directions to this temple and the others in Zhengding.

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AJ @ CK
Beijing, China106 contributions
Impressive
Oct 2019
This pagoda is inside Kaiyuan Temple, which confusingly has a separate entry on TripAdvisor. It appears to have several names - the Brick Pagoda, Goose Pagoda, Sumeru Tower, and in Chinese, Xumi Pagoda. The impressive Tang Dynasty structure (built in 636) reminded me of the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, but you can't climb this one (if you want a view over Zhengding you can climb the pagoda in nearby Guanghui Temple, or climb the city wall at the south gate).

The temple itself is fascinating - though there's not much left of the actual temple buildings. Not only does it have the one remaining Tang Dynasty bell tower in China, but it also has one of the largest Bixi (turtle base for a stela) ever found in China, and part of the huge stela next to it. The size and weight of these is just incredible. There's also the unusual San Men pavilion, which looks very unlike other Chinese buildings. There are English signs explaining each feature of the temple. Entry is 10RMB. As with all the temples in Zhengding (except Longxing aka Big Buddha Temple) it stays open until 11pm and is brightly lit up, making it ideal for night photography.

Right next to the temple you can see part of the archaeological excavation of Zhengding left uncovered and on display with signs explaining the different features (in Chinese only unfortunately).

It’s very easy to get to, being only a 20-minute cab ride from the centre of Shijiazhuang, or take bus 177 from the medical university bus stop (河北医大) north of the stadium on Zhongshan Road to Zhengding Nanmen (正定南门; if using a transport card you’ll be asked to pay twice when leaving the previous payment zone). Then walk into the walled town and see the map with specific directions to this temple and the others in Zhengding.
Written October 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

liucy752
Taipei, Taiwan852 contributions
The Pagoda and the Bell Pavilion
May 2017 • Solo
The official name of the tower is "Xumi Pagoda (須彌塔)", located in the Kaiyuan Monastery (開元寺).

The tower was built in Tang Dynasty (636 AD). It is a beautiful Tang Dynasty style pagoda, resembles other Tang pagodas, such as the Giant Wild Goose pagoda in Xi-an.

Near by the pagoda, there stands a Bell Pavilion. It is also an elegant ancient architecture, seemed to be built in later years (Yuan Dynasty, 1271–1368 AD)

The Pagoda and the Bell Pavilion, what a beautiful scenery!
Written June 9, 2017
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