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I was very lucky because of, i informed for the event 'the dance of waters', that is take effected in thin time intervals, in the square of the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. The rain as soon as had finished and a crowd of spectators, natives and foreigners,watched the spectacle

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

Giant Wild Goose Pagoda or Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Chinese: 大雁塔; pinyin: Dàyàn Tǎ), is a pagoda located in southern Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China. The structure was built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty and originally had five stories. One of the pagoda's many functions was to hold sutras and figurines of the Buddha that were brought to China from India by the Buddhist translator and traveller Xuanzang.

The pagoda was built during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of Tang (r. 649-683). Early in the 8th century, the ruling Empress Wu Zetian had five more stories added in the year 704 AD. However, later wars damaged the pagoda reducing it to its current height of seven stories. The pagoda currently stands at a height of 64 m (210 ft) tall and from the top it offers views over the current city of Xi'an. During the Tang Dynasty the pagoda was located within the grounds of a monastery, within a walled ward of the larger southeastern sector sector of the city, then known as Chang'an.

The monastic grounds around the pagoda during the Tang Dynasty had ten courtyards and a total of 1,897 bays. In those days graduate students of the Advanced Scholars examination in Chang'an inscribed their names at this monastery.

Close by the pagoda is the Temple of Great Maternal Grace; Da Ci'en. This temple was originally built in AD 589 and then rebuilt AD 647 in memory of his mother Empress Wende by Li Zhi who later became the Tang Emperor Gaozong.

The monk Xuanzang's statue stands in front of the temple area.
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the Big wild goose Pagoda

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