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Three Pagodas of Chongshen Monastery
Travel Tips for Dali
The main inhabitants of the region in and around Dali are the Bai, who number about 1.5 million. In Dali they make up 65% of the population and the best place to go and witness their daily activities is in the market that lies in a street straight outside the West Gate. The Bai people favour white clothes and decorations. White in Chinese is pronounced 'Bai', so maybe this is where their name derives from. Women in Dali traditionally wear a white coat trimmed with a black or purple collar, blue loose trousers; embroider shoes, silver bracelets and ear rings.
Everyone who is travelling around Southwest China seems to be going to Dali sooner or later, but it can get surprisingly off the beaten path just by taking a bicycle and heading to Erhai lake and its nearby villages.
The three pagodas
Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple, commonly known as Dali Three Pagodas, and located in the Chongsheng Temple, northwest of Dali City in Yunnan Province, it is a major national treasure under preservation.
Standing like three legs of a tripod, the Chongsheng Three Pagodas made of bricks were built a thousand years ago.
Straight and towering, the Quadrangular Qianxun Pagoda, the main one was exquisitely constructed, with multiple tiers of eaves. It has 16 storeys and a height of 69.13 meters. In the central part of each facade, a shrine was built and a Buddha statue of white marble installed. The two other pagodas of 10 stories are 42.19 meters high. They are solid and beautiful, and in octagonal shape. Coated with white mud, and carved with a shrine, Buddha statue, lotus flowers, etc. on each story, the pagodas look elegant and stately.
On top of the pagoda are placed three bronze gourds, representative of the ethnic style.
Ear-Shaped Lake (Erhai Hu)
There are ferries across from Caicun (lake side village east of Dali) to Wase on the other side. Roads encircle the lake so it's possible to do the loop by mountain bike or motorbike. Just take a cab drive and have a look around. Better views from Cang Shan.
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Las Tres Pagodas / The Three Pagodas
Está a diez minutos en autobús desde Dali
Las tres Pagodas fueron construidas en el siglo IX, aunque posteriormente fueron reconstruidas
La Pagoda de las Mil Búsquedas , es la central que tiene dieciseis niveles , cada uno con una estatua de Buda de mármol y de una altura total de setenta metros que está rodeada por otras dos de diez plantas y cuarenta metros
Las pagodas aparte de guardar escrituras , cenizas y huesos de santos , invocan la protección de Buda contra los desastres naturales . Delante de ellas hay una estela que dice : "somete eternamente a las montañas y los ríos "
Entrada a las tres pagodas y al templo de Chong Sheng 120 Yuan
Each layer has set up with a white marble Buddha statue, which is the typical style of Tang Dynasty
It is ten minutes by bus from Dali
The Three Pagodas were built in the ninth century, but were subsequently rebuilt
The Pagoda of the Thousand Searches, is the central , with sixteen levels ,each one with a white marble budha and with a height of seventy metres that it is surrounded by two others of ten levels each and forty meters
The pagodas apart from keeping scriptures, ashes and bones of saints, they are invoking the protection of the Buddha against natural disasters. In front of them there is a stellae that says, "subjugates eternally the mountains and rivers"
Entry to the three pagodas and the temple of Sheng Chong120 Yuan