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Haibao Pagoda

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The Haibao Pagoda Temple, located about 1.5 kilometers northwest of downtown Yinchuan in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, is one of the major Buddhist temples opened to public in China. And, the pagoda in the temple is the most ancient Buddhist architecture in Ningxia, and is among the first group of national key cultural relics sites.

The Haibao Pagoda Temple was called the Haibao Buddha Hall in the late Qing Dynasty and early Republic of China. Surrounded by exuberant poplars, willows and other trees, the temple has a quiet surrounding.
The topping Haibao Pagoda, the mainstay architecture, was originally called the Black Pagoda or North Pagoda. It has two fewer storeys than the original one and the brick steps inside it were changed into wooden steps, which spiral upwards to the top, where visitors can have a good view of Yinchuan City. It is a brick pagoda modeled on multi-storeyed counterparts. The existing pagoda has nine storeys, eleven storeys if the base and pedestal are included, and is 53.9 meters high. Its ground plan is cross-shaped, which is rare in multi-storeyed pagodas.
It is architecturally very interesting with its unusual angular shape and niches and ledges that protrude from each of the 11 storeys. The pagoda tapers by fifteen to twenty centimeters from one storey to the next. The steeple of the Haibao Pagoda is different from that of other pagodas. It is peach-shaped and built of green glazed bricks. With the bounding wall expanded and repainted, it now has a bell tower, a drum tower, wing-rooms and a greenhouse.
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