Top China Buddhism Pagodas, China Buddhist Architecture Tours
Six Harmonious Pagoda: Erected in 970 and restored during Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), Six Harmonious Pagoda towers the Yuelun Hill and offers fantastic panoramic view of Qingtang River. It is a perfect retreat and an ideal observatory platform to take in the mighty Qiantang Tide during the 8th lunar month each year. Symbolizing the harmony of north, south, east, west, heaven and earth, this auspicious pagoda is one of Hangzhounese’ favorite. It is said by ascending it, one can obtain peace, harmony and longevity. The 104 tiny bells and over 200 brick sculptures definitely worthy of your observation.
|Six Harmonious Pagoda, Hangzhou|
Leifeng Pagoda: Towering the south shore of West Lake, Leifeng Pagoda is an architecture gem beset with tragedy. Lady White Snake, one of the most famous love stories, occurred here. Rumor had it that the snake-turned lady Bai Suzhen was confined within this pagoda by Fa Hai. Cherish sympathy for Bai Suzhen and resentment to Fa Hai, people hold mixed feelings towards this pagoda, and many wish it will fall down, so Bai Suzhen will be set free and reunite with her husband again. In 1924, Leifeng Pagoda collapsed, thanks to local people’s practice of taking its bricks as souvenirs. In 2000, Hangzhou lavished a great sum of money to rebuild this pagoda. Today, it represents one of the Top Ten Scenic Sites near West Lake.
|Leifeng Pagoda, Hangzhou|
Yingxian Wooden Pagoda (Pagoda of Fogong Temple): It is the highest and most ancient wooden pagoda on earth. Together with Leaning Tower of Pisa and Eiffel Tower, they are famed as Top Three Pagodas in the world. Yingxian Wooden Pagoda has survived dozens of earthquakes during the past millennium miraculously, which can partly explains its glamour and charm.
|Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, Henan province|
Kaifeng Iron Pagoda: Located in Kaifeng city, Henan province, this 13-story octagonal pagoda is over 900 years old. As a solid-core brick pagoda, it is notable for outstanding structure, elaborate design and fabulous brick carvings. Despite of earthquakes, floods, typhoons and man-made destructions, this weathered pagoda still stands here gracefully. Tourists home and abroad derive endless joy by scrutinizing its frescoes and over 1600 sculptures.
|Kaifeng Iron Pagoda,Henan Province|
Yan’an Pagoda: Built during Tang dynasty(618-907), Yan’an Pagoda consists of nine layers and offers bird’s-eye view of Yan’an city, the holy revolutionary base of Chinese communists during the 1930s. In the past, it was used during emergency situations such as wars. Today, you can stroll along this area and enjoy the over 260 meters long stone inscriptions and calligraphy masterpieces.
|Yan’an Pagoda, Shaanxi Province|
Cishou Pagoda(Benevolence and Longevity Pagoda): Located within Jinshan Temple, Zhenjiang,Jiangsu province, Cishou Pagoda blends in with its surroundings perfectly. This wood and brick architecture derives it name from the dragon lady Cixi. Equipped with spiral staircases interiorly and sightseeing corridors exteriorly, Cishou Pagoda will promise a most wonderful 360 degree view 30meters above the summit of Xishan Hill.
|Cishou Pagoda, Jingsu Province||Cishou Pagoda, Jingsu Province|
Tiger Hill Pagoda(Yuniyan Temple Pagoda) Situated in Tiger Hill, Suzhou, the 48-meter-high Tiger Hill Pagoda is the only 10th century pagoda remains intact today. Leaning slightly, this pagoda is nicknamed as the Chinese version “Leaning Tower of Pisa”. If you put a round object on the floor, you will see it will roll towards the northeast direction. Today, grand festivals and events will be staged in Tiger Hill, such as flower exhibition during spring, birds watching during winter and various folk lore activities all year around.
|Tiger Hill Pagoda, Jiangsu Province|
Big Wild Goose Pagoda Built during the 7th century, this 64.5-meter-high seven-storey pagoda serves as the landmark and cultural symbol of Xi’an. Inside of it one wooden staircase winds up to the top. This well-proportioned and stately pagoda offers amazing scenery over the spawling Xi’an city. Nearby, there is one giant music fountain, the biggest one in Asia, so do not miss it. According to experts, under the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, there lies an ancient underground chamber, which contains the treasures and sutras donated by Xuanzang, a famous Buddhism master during the 7th century who ventured into India to study Buddhism and translated 657 Sanskrit Buddhist works into Chinese.
|Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian|
White Pagoda(Miaoying Pagoda) Situated in Beijing, White Pagoda was built as an integral part of Shangdu under the order of Kublai Khan during the 13th century. Within its sacred domain, grand and solemn worship ceremonies were launched by royal rulers, with chanting resonating within its walls and rooms teemed with officials of Kublai Khan studying courtesy and translating Buddhism in this place. According to history record, in 1295, over 70000 pilgrims had joined the national worship ceremony carried out within White Pagoda Temple. It was the prime time of this place. After going through earthquakes, fires, man-made destructions, it stands out as the earliest and biggest Lama pagoda in China. Each 25th, October, the Lama Buddhists will walk around this pagoda, chanting and praying.
|White Pagoda(Miaoying Pagoda) , Beijing|
Three Pagodas Located in Dali, Yunnan province, Three Pagodas was constructed during the 9th century. It sheds light on the history and culture of the long vanished Nanzhao Kingdom. Around it, there were magnificent monasteries, which all fell prey to destructions during the Qing dynasty. Three Pagodas is the Mecca in Dali city. Except religious activities, many local festivals are held here also. Buddhism statues, sutras and frescoes abound in this area, which are unearthed and exhibited within the Dali Bai Prefecture Museum nearby.
|Three Pagodas, Yunnan Province|