Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Da Yan Ta, 大雁塔) is located within the premises of the Temple of Great Maternal Grace (Dacien Si). This magnificent pagoda is four kms south of Xi'an and many regard it as a symbol of the city. The pagoda, built in 652 AD, is a square pyramid and stands at 60m high and seven storeys tall.
Legend has it that the Temple was built by Emperor Tang Gaozong to honor his mother, Empress Wende. The Temple is also said to have been built to house and protect Buddhist scriptures collected in India by the Chinese monk, Xuan Zang.
There are fantastic views from the top of the pagoda of the grid-like streets below and it seems hard to believe today that the area around here was once countryside and fields ! It is tradition to throw coins from the windows of the pagoda in the hope of having good luck and a honey life.
:The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is in the south of the city. No.41 bus from the train station is all you need.
How to get there
Entrance Fee of the Daci'en Temple: RMB 50
Climb the Big Wild Goose Pagoda Pagoda: RMB 40 per person
Open: 8:00 - 17:00
Musical Fountain on the North Square near the pagoda:
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)
There is no show from November to the next January except the Spring Festival Holiday.
by Metro Line 2 to Xiaozhai Station (Exit C). This pagoda is a 10minutes’ walking away.
Get in by taxi: around RMB 15 from Xian Railway station to this pagoda
Get in by buses:5, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 30, 34, 41, 44, 224, 237, 242, 400, 401, 408, 500, 501, 521, 526, 527, 601, 606, 609, 701, 715
Author: Winny posted on Oct 10,2010
Re-edited by Sophia on Mar 25,2014