Xi’an Big Wild Goose Pagoda Travel Guide

Big Wild Goose Pagoda is located in the southern Cixi Temple in the city. Dacien Temple is the most magnificent royal temple in Chang’an City in the Tang Dynasty. It was built in the Taizong Period of the Tang Dynasty. It was built by the Prince Li Zhi in order to remember his mother, and was hosted by Xuan Zang as the “first presiding”. During the period, the Master supervised the construction of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Master Xuan Zang translated the Buddhist scriptures and carried forward the Dharma in the Da Ci’en Temple for 11 years, and created the Buddhist “Xiang Wei Shi Zong”, which made the Da Ci En Temple become the ancestral court of the Wei Shi Zong (also known as “Fa Xiang Zong”). During the period, in order to worship the images and relics that were returned from India, the Master personally built the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Today’s Dacien Temple was built on the basis of the “West Tower” of the original temple in the Ming Dynasty. The existing temples are mostly Qing Dynasty architecture. The main building on the central axis of the temple is the Daxiong Hall, the Fatang, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Xuanzang Three Collection Hall. Among them, the top bones of the Buddha and the Xuan Zang Masters, which were enshrined in the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Xuanzang Three-Collection Hall, are the treasures of the Dacien Temple.

East of the central axis of the temple is the pagoda garden, in which there are nine stupas, dedicated to the nine monks since the Qing dynasty.

There are squares in the north and south of the temple. It is also surrounded by scenic spots such as Shaanxi museum and Tang Paradise.

If you want to go to the north square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda at night to see the night view of music fountain, you’d better arrive in advance, or you may not be able to get into the crowd, and you can only watch from afar. The peak season of the scenic spot will be adjusted every year. The exact time can be consulted by telephone at that time.

Shaanxi History Museum

The overall architectural style is the imitation of the Tang style. The correct way to have better experience in the museum should be to understand the collection of the museum through text, video and audio firstly, with a preliminary perceptual knowledge, and pieces of rough or exquisite old objects to linger in the vast history, savor carefully and watch quietly.

During the summer vacation, there are so many people in the Shaanxi History Museum. In fact, there are so many treasures in the Treasure Hall, and it is worth the price of the ticket. The official public number can be reserve ticket free of charge, but it is necessary to make a reservation in advance for a long time. Or you can buy tickets for the Treasure Hall in advance, which costs 30 yuan, you can enter the hall directly after the ticket is collected on the same day, which is greatly reducing the queue time.

There are seven halls in Shaanxi History Museum, of which from the first to third exhibition halls are the basic halls, the fourth exhibition hall is the Datang Treasure Hall, which requires 30-yuan ticket; the fifth exhibition hall is the Tang Dynasty murals treasure museum, which requires 300-yuan ticket; and the 6th and 7th are temporary exhibition halls. The general order of visit is 1-2-3-4. It takes at least 3 hours to visit all the halls there.

Shaanxi History Museum originally had more than 370,000 publicity collections, and now has more than 1.7 million publicity collections in the promotional halls. The collections of Shaanxi History Museum are from simple stone tools used in the initial stage of ancient humans to various living utensils in the society more than 1400 years ago. After you have finished your visit there, you can’t help but sigh for the quaint vicissitudes of the Shang and Zhou dynasty bronze wares, the splendid appearances of the pottery in the past dynasties, and the exquisiteness of the Han and Tang golden tools. Well, it is a place that it is worth to come again and again.

Ancient City Wall

There are now 19 locations that can climb the Ancient City Walls, so everyone can climb the wall at the location which is near the place you stay. AnYoung Gate is very close to the train station, with the distance of 1 bus station, although there is Liberation Gate near the train station from where you can go to the city, in China too close to the train station, it is very crowded, so it is not recommended for you to climb the city wall from the Liberation Gate. Another important factor is that AnYoung Gate is very convenient to enter the subway station, and travel will be more convenient. There are a lot of hotels to choose from, and overall it is very ideal as a place to stay. You can refer to it.

The Ancient city wall opens at 8:00 in the morning. After boarding the city wall, of course, you can rent the bicycle, with the price of 45 Yuan per person, and 90 Yuan for two persons. (both take 2 hours, and it is 14 kilometers away, and you can finish the ride normally). And everybody needs to count cash and avoid unnecessary trouble before rending the bicycles. It’s really exciting to drive on the ancient city wall. And it is too wide there. And you will admire the wisdom and labor of the ancients. And two hours are quite abundant to circle around the Ancient City Wall, and even you are a girl, you still don’t need worry about it. Just safely wander around the ancient city and enjoy the beauty of the ancient city.

Here is one thing need to keep in mind that although you can climb the city wall at every location, it only has performances at the South Gate, which is Yongning Gate.

Just as we have mentioned that the city wall can be used for tourists to climb, can ride a bicycle, and there are seats for people to take a nap when they feel tired. The moat has been repaired and greened, together with the city wall constitutes a three-dimensional park around the city.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda was presided over by the Xuan Zang Master. Although it has been vicissitudes for thousands of years, it is still intact. It is one of the famous Buddhist pagodas in China, and it is also a unique symbol of the ancient city of Xi’an. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a pavilion-style brick tower. The tower body is made of bricks with a square cone with a staircase spiraling up. There is a vault door in each side of each floor, and the view of Chang’an is unobstructed. On the two sides of the south gate of the pagoda, the “Da Tang Sanzang Holy Preface” monument was set by Xuanzang during the Tang Emperor’s reign, and they are well preserved. It is worth mentioning that the Tang Dynasty painters Wu Daozi and Wang Wei had made many murals for the Ci’en Temple, but unfortunately, they were already disappeared in history. However, on the stone door sills and door frames of the four-door cave under the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, there is still a beautiful Tang Dynasty line depiction.

Official telephone number of Big Wild Goose Pagoda: 029-85521890

Time visiting for reference: less than 1 hour

Transportation: Take busses such as 5, 19, 224, 237, 500, 501, 521, 526, 527, 601, 606, 609, Tour 4, Tour 6, Tour 8 (610), and Tour 9 (320) buses and get off at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda station.

Tickets: 50 Yuan for the Great Ci’en Temple, 30 Yuan for the Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Opening hours: 08:00-17:00 during Monday to Sunday

As the earliest and largest Tang Dynasty square brick tower, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a typical form of the ancient Indian Buddhist temple, which was introduced into the Central Plains with Buddhism and integrated into the Chinese culture. It is the landmark building combining the wisdom of the ancient Chinese laboring people.

If you go to Xi’an for the first time, you can still go and see the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, but before you go there, just understand the history and culture in advance. The ginkgo around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is beautiful in autumn.

The Terracotta Army Museum

When having a tour in Xi’an, you must take a visit to The Terracotta Army Museum where you can know more about China’s history.

After you arrive at the Terracotta Warriors, there are a lot of parking lots and the management is good. The tour guide also has their special place, and there is no fake tour guide. Qin Shihuang at the gate is still very domineering. From the gate to the Terracotta pit, you can take car or walk. What you enter into the first is the No. 1 pit, from where you can firstly see the black Qin army. Every sergeant has a strong eye, just like it was three thousand years ago. The striker, the scorpion shooter and the standing shooter alternate, followed by the famous cavalry phalanx, through the millennium, waiting for the sleeping monarch. The No. 3 pit features the highest level, as the decision-making, and sacrifices are all in the square inch. The four-horse carriage behind the door is ready to go.

There are a lot of things that need to be explained when visiting the Terracotta Warriors, otherwise you will not see too much content and cannot explore more history here. The exhibition hall is very large, and it will introduce the process of excavation and repair of terracotta warriors in detail, and you can spend some time to appreciate it. As soon as you see the Terracotta Warriors, you will be deeply shocked by the imposing terracotta warriors. Even if you have seen them on the screen for countless times, when you see it with your own eyes, you will be shocked to say nothing, the excitement is that you can’t described in words. They stand quietly here for thousands of years, showing you the power of a generation of empire.

There are still many archaeological workers in the site who are responsible for cleaning and smashing the pieces. It is said that it takes at least 2 years to piece together a terracotta warrior. It is recommended to reserve enough time for visiting the terracotta warriors. If you arrange visiting the terracotta warriors on the first day or last day of the trip, you can take a free shuttle bus between the high-speed rail station and the Terracotta Warriors Museum with a high-speed rail ticket.