Sights of Xian - Small Wild Goose Pagoda
Small Wild Goose Pagoda– Buddhist cultural site in Xian
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was built in front of the entrance to the Jian Fu Ssu Temple to separate the temple complex territory from a street. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is located next to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It is 55 years younger than its “sister”. Its architecture follows the one of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, but 21m shorter.
Each of its 13 tiers is connected by a spiral stair with the entrances from north and south. The pagoda building gets narrow with every tier, getting round at that. This type of structure is common for Buddhist pagoda. The entrance to the temple as well as its inner premises is decorated with images of heavenly beings and decorative embroideries dated back to Tang dynasty epoch. It also keeps artifacts of Buddhist culture, brought by wondering monks.
The pagoda visitors, by paying three yuans, may make three strokes to the big ancient bell: the first one – as a sign of respect to parents, the second one - to wish happiness and health to family members, and the third one - for luck and success in their own business. In the upper part of the pagoda there is a sightseeing platform allowing a beautiful view of the city, and below the pagoda there is a beautiful well-wooded park laid out for visitors to take rest and walk.