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Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple

Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple

Just as its name implies, Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple comprises three ancient independent pagodas, with its location at the foot of Cangshan Mountain and facing the Erhai Lake, about 2 kilometers to the northwest of Dali Ancient City.

Built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple has a long history over 1,800 years, made of brick and covered with white mud. It is regarded as a landmark in Dali, recording the development of Buddhism in this area; and it is also the largest and grandest building in the southern China. Together with Zhaozhou Bridge in Hebei Province and Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, the construction of the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple is one of the three curiosities of Chinese ancient architecture.

Among the three pagodas, the bigger and middle one is Qianxun Pagoda, with a height of 69.13 meters, a square-shaped building with 16 stories, standing on a 2 floor base, and each of the floors has multiple tiers of upturned eaves. It is said that this pagoda was the first building for prevention in case of earthquake. The other two small ones, 70 meters to the Qianxun Pagoda in the north and south respectively, were built later and clearly featured Song Dynasty style, with 10 stories and 49.12 meters high.

Seen from afar, visitors will be shocked by the grandeur of Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple. Thus a visit to this scenic spot should not be missed when touring Dali Ancient City.