The scenic spot of big wild goose pagoda

As a scenic spot, big wild goose pagoda consists of the following parts: Da Ci’en Temple, the North Square, the South Square, the Gardens and the Grand Tang Ever-bright Area. It is a place for leisure and entertainment. Also, if you are a Buddhist, you can worship in Da Ci’en Temple; if you are not a Buddhist, you can know more about Buddhism and Tang Dynasty.

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Da Ci’en temple
Da Ci’en Temple is a holy place of Buddhism. It is known to all not only because it is a place for Buddhist worship, but also because the big goose pagoda is in it. It was built by a king of Tang Dynasty to memorize his mother. Later, when Xuanzang, a great Buddhist, came back from India, it became a place for storing Buddhist treasures and a place of translating. Today, its position as a Buddhist holy place is fading, and it becomes more as a place where big wild goose pagoda resides.

The North Square
The north square lies at the north of big goose pagoda. It is a Tang-style square with an area of 168,000 square meters. The fountain in the square is the biggest musical fountain in Asia, with the longest light-belt and the largest-scale acoustic complex. Also, the sculpture is splendid. There are two 100-meter-long sculpture groups, eight big figure sculptures and 40 landscape sculptures. Moreover, the toilet in the square is clean and luxurious and the number of bench is numerous.

The South Square
There stands the statue of Xuanzang in the south square, so it is a square of Buddhist culture. It joins Da Ci’en Temple and Grand Tang Ever-bright Area. It is a place of less facilities, so people relax and do exercise in this square.

The Gardens
There lies the West Garden to the west of the pagoda. It has another name, Shaanxi Folk Customs Garden. At the entrance of the park, there are so many steps and small fountains. The focus of this park is bronze statues which tell folk customs and real life states of Tang Dynasty. Also, the benches with special style hide between the trees, providing visitors a good place of resting. The East Garden is located in the east of the pagoda, with the name of Shaanxi Opera Garden. It is a place for opera fans. The statues and the scenery in it are all themed around opera.

Grand Tang Ever-bright Area
Grand Tang Ever-bright Area is 1500 meters long and 480 meters wide, with an investment of RMB 5 billion. Based on the history and culture, the area converges tourism resources and cultural products. With special business model, it provides citizens and visitors all-round, multilevel consume model. At the center of the street, there is a sculpture group, with the themes of Xuanzang, Zenguan and Kaiyuan. The street is the longest commercial street of Asia.

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The Big Goose Pagoda
Originally built in 652, it was built to deposit Buddhist articles that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang. It is a relatively well-preserved pavilion-style tower and a famous landmark and monument of Xi’an city.
Built of brick, its structure is very firm. Inside the pagoda, stairs twist up so that visitors can climb and overlook the panorama of Xian City from the arch-shaped doors on four sides of each storey. On the walls, fine statues of Buddha are engraved.
It is 64.5 meters (211.6 feet) high with seven stories. The first floor introduces Tang dynasty, towers and Buddhism. The second floor worships Sakyamuni Buddha, with two fresco and modern calligraphys on the wall. The third floor is famous for Buddha relics and the model of big wild goose pagoda, with a proportion of 1:60. The fifth floor exhibits the monument of Sakyamuni’s footprint. The sixth floor shows the poems of five famous poets of Tang Dynasty. The seventh floor is for birdviewing.

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The Musical Fountains
The musical fountain locates in the central axis of the north square, covering an area of 15,000 square meters, about 350 meters long and 110 meters wide at its widest point. The T-shaped fountain is divided into three parts: 100-meter-waterfall pool, 8-level-plunge pool and music pool. They can perform independently or perform as a whole. When the performance begins, the water dances with the music, the style varying and the shape changing. When the lights are added, it shows a perfect effect of music, lights, water and colors, which is the most beautiful combination. So, the fountain at night is more wonderful, although the fountain under noon sunshine shows another beauty.

Opening hours and admission fees

Admission Fee: Entrance Fee of the Da ci’en Temple: CNY 50
Entrance Fee of the Pagoda: CNY 40 per person from December 1, 2013
Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00
Hours of the Musical Fountain on the North Square: 1. Monday, Wednesday – Friday: 12:00, 21:00 (Jun. 10 – Oct. 5); 12:00, 20:30 (Feb. 1 – Jun. 9; Oct. 6 – Oct. 31)
2. Tuesday: 21:00 (Jun. 10 – Oct. 5); 20:30 (Feb. 1 – Jun. 9; Oct. 6 – Oct. 31)
3. Weekend and other statutory holidays: 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 21:00 (Jun. 10 – Oct. 5); 12:00, 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:30 (Feb. 1 – Jun. 9; Oct. 6 – Oct. 31)
* Note: There is no show from November to the next January except the Spring Festival Holiday.