Small Wild Goose Pagoda
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area is located in the southern suburb of Xian, about 2 kilometers to the south of the City Wall. Covering an area of 16.3 hectares (40.4 acres), it mainly consists of the Xian Museum, the ancient Jianfu Temple built in the year 684 A.D during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and the famous Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The scenic area has become a wonderful leisure site for the appreciation of cultural relics, sightseeing and entertainment.
Small Wild Goose Pagoda is a multi-eave, square, brick structure consisting of fifteen stories. Originally it was 46 meters high, but now it is 43.3 meters high, because its steeple was destroyed. It has a square pedestal and a huge first story, whose sides measure 11.38 meters long. Carved on the lintel are images of arhats, their excellent workmanship reflecting the artistic style of the early Tang Dynasty. The shape and structure of the pagoda are typical of early multi-eave pagodas and influenced many brick and stone multi-eave pagodas built later in other parts of the country.