Three Pagodas

Three pagodas, about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) northwest of the ancient city of Dali, occupying a scenic location at the foot of Mt. Cangshan facing Erhai Lake, has a history of over 1,800 years. It is 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 which is unique in China. Dali Three Pagodas were used to be built in the Chongsheng Temple which was the Buddhist center of Nanzhao State. However, Chongsheng Temple is no longer exists, but the three pagodas, different in size and history, remain. Survived more than 30 strong earthquakes in the past 1,000 years, the Three Pagodas stand intact a marvel of architecture, and have been a major national treasure under the preservation of the State Government.
The main one, the Quadrangular Qianxun Pagoda, is 69.13 meters high with 16 stories, covered with multiple tiers of eaves. The eaves present smooth concave arcs, reflecting the style of Tang Dynasty pagodas. Study of Three Pagodas and  the cultural relics that have been excavated at the site provide significant data for exploring the history, religion, and art of the area.The two other smaller pagodas, about 70 meters away from the Qianxun Pagoda, are 42.19 meters high with 10 stories. The two pagodas are octagonal with ten multi-eave pent roofs. They were built later than the bigger one, in the Song Dynasty style. Here's some guide information of The Three Pagodas: Address: Three Pagodas, northwest of Dali county, Yunnan Province. Contact number: 0086-872-2666346  Admission Fee: CNY121 Opening Hours: 08:00 to 19:00

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