LITTLE GOOSE PAGODA
LITTLE GOOSE PAGODA
The Little Goose Pagoda on the grounds of the Jianfu Temple is called that because it is smaller than the Big One (LOL), although it has more stories. It was completed in 709 A.D. when Buddhism was firmly established in China.
The Little Goose Pagoda lost several stories during an earthquake in the 1500's. It is difficult to tell at first view, it looks complete. It is more delicate looking than the Big Goose, with finer detailing in the brickwork. It, like the Big Goose pagoda, housed Buddhist manuscripts and is a part of a temple complex and monastery.
Picture at left is my ticket...
Picture at left is my ticket from Xian to Lanzhou cost RMB94 seated. --306-- To visit The Terracotta Warriors, remember (No.306) Big green bus, not those mini-bus with fake 306 tag. Yes, you want to see Terracotta warriors but you don't know how to get there? I repeat again, it's --306-- Big green bus, it takes only 20-30 minutes. If you take the fake 306, then you need 3 hours to get there, I don't know why but they will send you to jade shop, tea garden or medicine research center. You pay RMB5 only. The location is just outside the railway station, stand and wait but hey not easy, there will have many peoples trying to pull you into their fake 306.
To get around city of Xian is very easy, you can buy a local roadmap at railway station for only RMB1.
The Wild Goose Pagodes
In fact in Xi'an you can find two "Wild Goose Pagodes"
The little and the great one - want to know the difference ?
The great pagode (Da Yan Ta) counts 7 floors and is located 4km outside Xi'an.
It was a wish of the famous monk Zhuang to erect this pagode after his travelling period in India.
The legend is telling that this pagode is called wild goose because some monks were praying, many centuries ago for food.They were starving and their prayings made a wild goose falling down from heaven - On this spot the pagode was erected and called.......
The little goose pagode (Xiao Yan Ta) counts 13 floors !!! Was erected in the 8th century and is located about 1km south Xi'an and is a reflection of the famous Jianfu temple
The Terra Cotta Warriors
The Terra Cotta Warriors, an army of life-sized soldier sculptures located outside of Xi'an, are one of the wonders of the ancient world. The army guards the tomb of emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of the Qin Dynasty, who unified China in 221 BC and ordered the building of the first version of the Great Wall of China. The emperor's tomb complex covers several square miles, and required a workforce of 700,000 workers at its peak. In addition to the Terra Cotta Warriors, the tomb complex includes a large earthen pyramid, which has not yet been excavated, but is believed to contain the emperor's tomb.
The Terra Cotta Army consists of over 6000 life-sized sculptures of soldiers, and includes infantrymen, archers, cavalrymen, horses, and generals. It was buried in 3 large pits and one smaller one, which were covered with a roof made of logs and earth. Over the centuries, the army was forgotten, until a farmer drilling a well accidentally discovered it in the 1970s.
The warriors were originally painted with bright colors, but exposure to the atmosphere caused the paint to deteriorate, leaving them earthen-colored today. Not all of the army has yet been excavated. Because of earthquakes and settling of the ground over the centuries, most of the warriors were broken into pieces over time. The archaelogists who have been excavating the site have been slowly unearthing the army and assembling the broken pieces, with the result on display for tourists. All three pits have been enclosed by large buildings to protect the warriors, and are open to tourists, who view the pits from elevated walkways around each pits perimeter. Pit 1, the first one discovered, has the largest number of warriors on display. Pit 2 is largely unexcavated, while Pit 3, the smallest of the three, has been excavated and contains the army's commanders.
In addition to the pits, there is a small museum which features a fascinating model of the emperor's tomb complex, as well as two chariots that were unearthed from the site.
Right behind the market of the same name, you can find the temple of Changhuang miao.
Its buildings are not in their best conditions, but the place is still now in use as a temple.
To reach the temple you must come inside the market to its very end and be curious and try every open or half open door you find.
The place passes a nice sensation of peace and it's extremely calm. Nice place to rest after a long journey to the market...