Po Ta (Fan Pagoda)

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Po Ta (Fan Pagoda)
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Something very tranquil and yet alive aboiut this place
Jun 2018
There are busses and you can walk, but we were coming across the city at an odd angle so took a taxi, (9 rmb),. Amazingly our taxi took us right outside, which required going over some very rough ground. As has been commented elsewhere a lot of the area has/is/will be demolished. In the meantime it is amazing where folks will plant food crops. Entry is 30rmb, ( 15rmb if 60 or over or a student with valid ID). We were told that access to climb the tower had been stopped many years ago. Given other posts I'm not sure how accurate that is or if we happened on an unhelpful custodian. It's pretty from a distance, but when you get close up you realise the outside is covered in carved blocks, ( they maybe tiles but I don't think so). 7000 plus apparently, the condition varies from very good to very poor with a few green tile replacements that look very out of place. It is very tranquil and peaceful, much like an old English church yard, then the propeller plane comes into land near by and taxis for ages and the train goes by toot toot from somewhere. But neither of these matter. The small gardens are a formal box edge style with rose bushes and there are convenient stones to sit and rest. The ticket covers you to enter the Taoist park opposite. Do take the opportunity to do this as it is a tranquil, shabby little gem of a place. Besides if you exit at the other entrance you are standing at the turnaround point of the number 8 bus. so 1 rmb back to town or, if you want, right through to the fast train railway station. ( useful little bus number 8). There is a temple structure and access is by crossing to one of the islands. It's being work on at the moment but the faithful still use it. It's quite and actually fairly old, 1500 years, but been rebuilt a few times I suspect. Anyhow the park has a system of waterways and channels, which I can only assume are being renovated as they had obviously been dry for some time. There's a Peony garden, Pomegranate garden, Cherry garden and a Spring garden. Depending on time of year depends which are in bloom. There are various evergreen trees, mostly a variety of yew I think. As I said there is a delightfully shabby air about the place, I wish the water was running and someone would wake this sleeping little gem back up. Failing that, move the whole think back to next door so I could look after it.

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Timothy R
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Something very tranquil and yet alive aboiut this place
Jun 2018 • Couples
There are busses and you can walk, but we were coming across the city at an odd angle so took a taxi, (9 rmb),. Amazingly our taxi took us right outside, which required going over some very rough ground. As has been commented elsewhere a lot of the area has/is/will be demolished. In the meantime it is amazing where folks will plant food crops.

Entry is 30rmb, ( 15rmb if 60 or over or a student with valid ID).
We were told that access to climb the tower had been stopped many years ago. Given other posts I'm not sure how accurate that is or if we happened on an unhelpful custodian.

It's pretty from a distance, but when you get close up you realise the outside is covered in carved blocks, ( they maybe tiles but I don't think so). 7000 plus apparently, the condition varies from very good to very poor with a few green tile replacements that look very out of place.

It is very tranquil and peaceful, much like an old English church yard, then the propeller plane comes into land near by and taxis for ages and the train goes by toot toot from somewhere. But neither of these matter. The small gardens are a formal box edge style with rose bushes and there are convenient stones to sit and rest.

The ticket covers you to enter the Taoist park opposite. Do take the opportunity to do this as it is a tranquil, shabby little gem of a place. Besides if you exit at the other entrance you are standing at the turnaround point of the number 8 bus. so 1 rmb back to town or, if you want, right through to the fast train railway station. ( useful little bus number 8).

There is a temple structure and access is by crossing to one of the islands. It's being work on at the moment but the faithful still use it. It's quite and actually fairly old, 1500 years, but been rebuilt a few times I suspect.

Anyhow the park has a system of waterways and channels, which I can only assume are being renovated as they had obviously been dry for some time. There's a Peony garden, Pomegranate garden, Cherry garden and a Spring garden. Depending on time of year depends which are in bloom.
There are various evergreen trees, mostly a variety of yew I think.

As I said there is a delightfully shabby air about the place, I wish the water was running and someone would wake this sleeping little gem back up. Failing that, move the whole think back to next door so I could look after it.
Written June 6, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Justin K
Shanghai, China277 contributions
Worth visiting for its historical significance
Apr 2018 • Solo
After a long day of touring the sites in Kaifeng I ended here and found it the perfect way to finish the trip. Unlike many of the other sites this one is relatively peaceful and houses the oldest building / pagoda in Kaifeng. It’s a bit sad that most people pay more attention to the various architectural replicas throughout the city without paying homage to the originals but on the other hand it makes it a more serene visit. Make sure to see this if you have more than a passing interest in chinese history / architecture.
Written April 30, 2018
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K5802EYjohnk
Melbourne, Australia180 contributions
Looking a bit neglected
May 2015 • Solo
It is quite a nice old pagoda, in the chunky style more typical of Thailand or Sri Lanka. But it is not in very good condition these days and just sits in amongst fields and houses, which is a bit odd.
Written August 30, 2015
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James
Zhengzhou, China2 contributions
A quiet respite a small distance from the old city
Feb 2014 • Solo
Just a ways from the old city walls, this pagoda sits within the demolished ruins of old housing. It dominates the scarred neighbourhood and in a way it presents to the tourist a tragic picture we often see in China.

The pagoda is a wonderful example of a long preserved architecture, and to me it truly hinted its age, bringing to mind the aged dignity of the old churches of England. The walls are brilliantly carved with innumerable Buddha figures or Arahats, and venturing up the stairs will bring you closer to the incredible structure of this pagoda. If you're lucky, you may also find a way to the top to take in the views of the surrounding neighbourhood - at least what is left of it. You will find a few locals vigilantly attending to the temple, and very few tourists, so I felt that every yuan of the admission fee was worthwhile, in contrast to the more hefty fee requested at Da Xiang Guo Temple.

And the admission fee even includes admission to the Taoist temple parks nearby! The park was unusually more gorgeous than most I have come across - with avenues of dark fir trees, not sure what kind specifically but very reminiscent of Europe. The buildings have life size models of old personages of China. These are accompanied by short English caption placards which at least allow you to imagine these personages in real life.

So relaxed, you truly leave the bustle of Kaifeng behind when you arrive in this hidden spot, perhaps an auspicious place to visit! Bus 8 will take you to the main entrance of the park.
Written February 15, 2014
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tombillinge
Trumbull, CT1,196 contributions
Worth visiting
Nov 2012 • Solo
Po Ta is a very interesting pagoda that has not been messed about with to much. It is only really a fraction of its original size, but it is still quite imposing. It sits on the edge of Yu Wangtai Park, which is also well worth visiting, as it has a few temple buildings, an old military installation and some beautiful bridges and forested areas.

The pagoda is climbable and the top of the stairs has an interesting domed chamber that is worthy of the climb.
Written November 6, 2012
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