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During the course of China’s 5,000-year history, the pagoda, an ancient form of architecture, is not only revered by Buddhists to this day, but also provides beautiful decoration for mountains and gardens across the country. Pagodas are time-honored buildings from ancient China. The country is filled with pagodas and here are 10 of the most famous ones.

Well-known in the southwestern region, the Three Pagodas of Chongshen (Saint Worship) Monastery is located in front of the former site of Chongshen (Saint Worship) Monastery in the northwest of Dali, Yunnan province. The Three Pagodas of Chongshen (Saint Worship) Monastery is composed of one bigger and two smaller towers and they stand harmoniously in a triangle. The largest one is also called Qianxun Tower, a 16-floor square brick tower with a height of 69.13 meters. In the middle of the west and east outside wall of the tower stands a Buddha niche, where a Buddha statue is seated. The two 10-floor smaller ones are eight angled brick towers with a height of 42.19 meters. The surface of the towers is painted with white cement and carved with decorative patterns. Carvings of Buddha statues, lotus flowers, vases, and various other designs cover each floor. On the cap of the tower stand three copper calabashes. During restoration efforts in 1978 and 1980, some 600 historical relics from the Nanzhao and Dali period were unearthed.
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The Great Wild Goose Pagoda(大雁塔) was established in the 3rd year (652) of the Yonghui reign of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), when Li Zhi, Emperor Gaozong, built it to settle the Sutra Classics brought back by Monk Xuan Zang from India. Formerly named the Pagoda of the Ci'en Temple, the pagoda received its present name based on a legend from the Great Tang Records of the Western Regions. The 64-meter-high pagoda has a square internal plane, and stairs with hand rails lead to the top. On the four sides of each floor, there are arched doors from which visitors can have a birds-eye view of the area. Preserved on the four stone doors in the base of the pagoda are exquisite engravings of the Tang. The forehead of the west stone gate is carved with architecture joss patterns and pictures with vigorous and smooth lines, which are significant materials of ancient Chinese architecture, painting and sculpture research. Two steles with the Preface to the Sacred Religion written by the famous Tang calligrapher Chu Suiliang are set into the walls on either side of the south door of the pagoda.


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The Buddha Tower of Yingxian County, the oldest and tallest wooden Buddha Tower in China was built in 1056AD. The base of the pagoda has a radius of 30 meters and is 67.13 meters high. This octagonal five-storied pagoda has 54 dougong (a system of brackets inserted between the top of a column and a crossbeam) and typifies Buddha towers in Chinese architecture. After 900 years, it has withstood several earthquakes because the Buddha tower has a big body and the floors are largely separated from each other. Staircases inside the pagoda give people access to the top of the tower so they can enjoy the surroundings
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