Big Wild Goose Pagoda - a famous Buddhist pagoda in Xi'an
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a very famous ancient pagoda located to the south of Xi'an city. With the history spanning over 1,300 years from the Tang Dynasty, this is the earliest attic-styled square tower of brick with the largest scale in China. The pagoda not only encapsulates within itself the great history and glorious Buddhist architectural arts but also is well-known for stories of its first abbot, the revered Master Xuan Zang who brought the valuable sutra and other precious relics from India along the Ancient Silk Road back to ancient China and translated the Buddhist text here. The site was added into the World Heritage List in 2014 as a part of the fabled Silk Roads. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda now still preserves a lot of Buddhist treasures including ancient scriptures, statues, and holy objects, which made it a gem of Chinese Buddhism as well as the religious landmark of Xi'an city.