Here’s a Slideshow of Jianguo Hotel :
I’m now leaving Jianguo Hotel for my very 1st sightseeing Trip here in Xi’an :
Arriving at Big Wild Goose Pagoda (or “Dayan Ta” in Chinese) & Mercy & Kindness Temple (or “Da Ci’en” in Chinese) – located in the Southern suburb of Xi’an in Shaanxi :
One of the best preserved Ancient Buddhist Pagoda, Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) was originally built with 5 stories in 652AD during the reign of Emperor Gaozong (649-683AD), then rebuilt in 704AD adding 2 stories during the reign of Empress Wu Zetian, in the Tang Dynasty…………
And Mercy & Kindness Temple (Da Ci’en) – home of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) was originally built in 589AD, then rebuilt in 647AD, in memory of the late Empress Wende, by Li Zhi, who later bacame the Tang Dynasty Emperor Gaozong.
Here’re the beautifully painted Rooftops of Mercy & Kindness Temple (Da Ci’en) :
One of the main functions of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) was to hold Sutras & Figurines of Buddha that were brought back to China from India by the famous Chinese Buddhist Monk Xuanzang after travelling for 17 years :
Below pics shows the Introductions of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) & Mercy & Kindness Temple (Da Ci’en) in English & Chinese versions, as well their Planned Layout :
I’m now inside Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) & Mercy & Kindness Temple (Da Ci’en) – led by our Xi’an Chinese Tour Guide raising his Green Flag high up for our Green Team A :
We’re now looking at Buddhist Sculptures & Scriptures of Mercy & Kindness Temple (Da Ci’en) :
During the Tang Dynasty (618-907AD), every successful Candidate who passed the Imperial Examinations would climb up the 64.5m high Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) to inscribe Chinese Poems with their Names on this Monastary, to symbolize a soaring career in Future.
The famous Chinese Poet Bia Juyi once wrote “Here under the Ci’en Pagoda, I inscrive my Name as the Youngest among 17 Candidates” – revealing his pride & happiness when he became successful at a very young age!
Today, the Pagoda’s still accessible by staircases :
Here’s a close-up view of the Ancient Tiled Wall (renovated during the Ming Dynasty) surrounding the Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) :
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) & Mercy & kindness Temple (Da Ci’en) are surrounded by charming sceneries as I explore the famous tourist attraction here in Xi’an, China :
Here’s an interesting Stone dustbin :
Me infront of a charming Buddhist Monk Stone Sculpture :
It’s shopping time now at these following Souvenir Shops – Da Ci’en Temple’s Buddhism Aricles Store :
Close-up view of 2 interesting Unique Customs concerning my 2 favourite Cuisines – Hot Pepper Chilies & Big Cake (refering to “Nan” roti or bread!) depicted on the Playing Cards :
Heheh I also managed to find a Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayan Ta) with Xuanzang Statue (the Chinese Buddhist Monk) Souvenir Magnet :
As well as the famous Xi’an Bell Tower Souvenir Magnet :
And it’s Toilet break now before I leave Da Ci’en Temple with my Tour mates to go on my next Mysterious Silk Road Tour here in Xi’an, Shaanxi – China :