Situtated within the Da Ci’en Temple in the southern suburb of Xian, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous and well-preserved Buddhist pagodas in China. Originally built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty, it was used mainly to collect Buddhist artifacts that were taken to China from India by Buddhist translator Xuanzang. Today it is rated as a Key Cultural Relic Preserve as well as an AAAA Tourist Attraction.
Standing seven stories tall, it is constructed of sturdy brick with a streamlined aesthetic of a square cone. Finely engraved statues of Buddha made by renowned artist Yan Liben of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) line the walls, along with ancient steles created by famous calligraphers. Inside the pagoda, a spiral staircase winds to the top of structure, offering stunning panoramic views of the Xian city through the four arched doors on each story.