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Dali Three Pagodas

dali-three-pagodaThe Dali Three Pagodas, about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) northwest of the ancient city of Dali, have a history of over 1,800 years.

dali-three-pagoda01The Dali Three Pagodas are among the oldest standing structures of southwest China. They are a symbol of the history of Dali City, and a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. This is unique in China.

The three tall and ramrod pagodas stand at the foot of Lan Peak of Cangshan Mountain, making the landscape more beautiful and adding grandeur to the ancient city. The major pagoda, Qianxun Pagoda, was built in the period 824 to 839 in the Tang Dynasty. It is rectangular in shape; 69.13 metres high and divided into 16 tiers, while the two smaller ones, octagonal in shape have a height of 42.19 metres each and 10 tiers. In 1978 discovered during restoration efforts, are more than 600 cultural relics of the Tang and Song dynasties, including Buddhist scriptures. Buddhist status, Buddhist musical instruments and copper mirrors. The renovation was completed in December 1980.

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