32/40.- Xian, Small Wild Goose Pagoda


The Small Goose Pagoda, Xiao Yan Ta, is a 13-storey tower from the 7th century AD. It is next to the Jianfu Temple, built in 684 by Empress Gao Zong of the Tang Dynasty.

In one of the courtyards of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda you find the stakes you see in the picture. They have an animal on the top, each of them is linked to a local folk tale. Their main purpose was to tie horses to. In the Forest of Stones Museum you will find more of these stakes.

In another courtyard you find a big bell, which you can ring for a few RMBs -- Click on the picture to see the video.

Not far from the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is the Shanxii History Museum.

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