Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (大雁塔) is one of the most famous Xi’an sights. It is southeast and within walking distance (about 15 minutes) from Shaanxi History Museum, so it is recommended to visit it after or before visiting museum. Musical fountain show is held on North Square at 12:00 and 20:30 (21:00 from Jun to September).
Built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty, Big Wild Goose Pagoda mostly served to collect sutras and figurines of the Buddha usually brought from India. Once, this temple was a giant building consisting of 5 stories, 13 separate courtyards and 1879 amazing rooms. However, after a gradual decay of the dynasty, the place enormously changed. The only thing that increased from that period until today is the number of stories, since after rebuilding by couple of the Emperors, there are 7 instead of 5. What you are able to see today are mostly structures that were built during the Ming Dynasty. By just looking at it, you will notice that the pagoda is quite ordinary in design, yet there is something about it and its surrounding which gives the feeling of serenity and which is probably the reason why so many tourists visit it. It is approximately 64.5 meters tall, and the view of the city from that point is splendid, especially during the sunset and after. This is also a great place to rest and to gather energy if you plan to go ahead, since the surroundings are very nice, full of flowers and tree plantations, which offers beautiful landscape. Big Wild Goose Pagoda was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2014, speaking enough about its importance as tourist attraction and cultural heritage.