The less well visited pagoda in downtown Xi'an. But in my opinion the best by far. Not so easy to find, the entrance on Youyi Lu is an easy walk from the south gate of the city, it looks like the entrance to an historical site, but there are no signs in English until you get right up close to the ticket office. There is no charge to enter the site but it will cost you 30rmb to climb the pagoda. The grounds are lovely, peaceful and filled with ancient trees (some over 1300 years old) and are a delight to wander around in. The pagoda was built about 1300 years ago but has suffered damage due to earthquakes. Don't worry though it was sympathetically restored about 50 years ago and the climb up its 13 storeys is well worth while. The stairs are quite steep and by the time you get to the eleventh floor the headroom is very low. Access to the roof is via a short ladder and a climb through a trapdoor, but the view from the top is worth the effort. Much better than the big wild goose pagoda!
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