Three Pagodas of Dali Chongsheng Temple

Three Pagodas of Dali Dali Yunnan
Three Pagodas of Dali are of paramount importance for the city of Dali. They are considered one of the main sites in China where you can still admire classical Chinese architectural art. In the breathtaking setting of the Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountains, the view on these pagodas is akin to viewing beauty at its best.

The Three Pagodas

To admire the classical Chinese architecture, these three main sites in China are highly recommended, Hubei Zhaozhou Bridge, the Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an and the Three Pagodas of Dali. These pagodas are organized as a triangle with the Pagoda Qianxun forming the tip. At a height of 70 meters, it is a witness of the Tang architecture dating back over a millennium. Extremely well preserved, it is no longer possible to climb the inner scale. Most visitors are delighted to merely admire this magnificent monument of six floors outside. Approaching the inside, one cannot help but notice the thickness of its walls. Indeed, the walls of the pagoda measure about three meters wide at the base! The other two pagodas were built a century later in a style reminiscent of the Song Dynasty. They, thus, contrast with the main pagoda. Measuring only 42 meters high, they are much less impressive. In the distance, there is a vague resemblance to the Tower of Pisa.

Beautiful Setting

The three Pagodas were built at the peak of the Nanzhao kingdom and thus represent the magnificence of the kingdom. They were built a small distance from the city center, near the Erhai Lake. Lying at the foot of one of the Cangshan peaks, just up a little height, you can admire the splendid view of the crystal clear waters of the lake surrounded by ancestral villages and mountains.

The Chongsheng Temple

Behind the Three Pagodas, a temple was built in a traditional style of Yunnan. Consisting of three buildings, one can observe a beautiful bronze bell and the statue of Guanyin. Part of the temple has been converted into a museum to showcase the history of pagodas and their renovation and treasures found. Dali is located in an area that is subject to earthquakes. So this site has suffered damage. During renovations in the 1970s, more than 600 relics were discovered! Some of these magnificent findings were Buddha made of gold, Buddha with crystals, sacred scripture, and so much more. They are exhibited in the museum of Chongsheng Temple.

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