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Little Wild Goose Pagoda

China, an East Asian country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It has a vast cultural history of more than five thousand years and an outstanding natural beauty. On the other hand, this country has remained a comparatively isolated and secluded one, and being a land of mystery, this country is not known to the western half of the world. However, China is rapidly developing and has grown in the phase of modernization, with an immense speed and is also welcoming the outer world to interact and do business with them.
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda, or Little Goose Pagoda, is one of two significant pagodas in the city of Xi'an, China. The other is the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built, in the 7th century as part of the Da Jianfu Temple, by the Tang Dynasty by emperor Gaozong. . At one time the pagoda stretched up for 15 stories or 45 meters until the Shaanxi earthquake of 1556 which reduced the height to 13 stories or 43 meters or 141feet. Indian pilgrims have brought sacred Buddhist writings to the pagoda from India.
With 13 separate courtyards, the temple contained 1,879 magnificent-looking rooms altogether. However, it went into gradual decay after the downfall of the Tang dynasty. The halls and rooms that have survived that period were built during the Ming dynasty.
The Tang regime built a chamber for the translation of Buddhist scriptures for the purpose of persuading Master Xuan Zang, who had become widely renowned, to assume the position of head of the temple. It was he that had secretly traveled to India in 629 to study when he had become disturbed by unclarified aspects of Buddhism and was unable to find answers in the few Chinese Buddhist texts available to him. Visitors can climb this delicate looking yet robust pagoda to gain a view of Xian.

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