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May 2021 Small Wild Goose Pagoda
When it comes to Xi’an Small Wild Goose Pagoda, no one is unfamiliar. This dense eaves brick tower built in the first year of Emperor Jinglong in the middle of the Tang Dynasty, after more than 1,300 years, is still one of the most important landmarks in the city of Xi’an. In 2014, as the site of the “Silk Road” project, the Small Wild Goose Pagoda was included in the “World Heritage List”. Compared with its sister tower and the big wild goose pagoda, which is full of tourists, the small wild goose pagoda, which is open for free, seems to be more popular among Xi’an people. Classical gardens surround this thousand-year-old tower. The quiet environment and profound background always make many old Xi’an visits constantly. Starting from March 25, 2020, the Little Wild Goose Pagoda was temporarily closed due to landscape maintenance until it finally reopened on April 30 this year. After a lapse of a year, what has changed in the Little Wild Goose Pagoda after the renovation and upgrade? Hurry up and follow Xiao Yu’s lens to take a look! May 2021 Small Wild Goose Pagoda After learning about the reopening of the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, Xiao Yu quickly took the time to stroll around. The day I came was within a week, and I saw the sight of tourists queuing into the park when I arrived at the gate. It can be seen that the popularity of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is still quite high. Change 1: To enter the park, you need to make an online appointment in advance and swipe your ID card to enter The Little Wild Goose Pagoda has always been open to tourists for free. Before the renovation and upgrading, you need to bring your ID card to the scenic window in exchange for tickets. Now book free tickets directly on Meituan and Dianping, and you can enter the park by swiping your ID card when you arrive. Personally, I feel that it is much more convenient. Although there are a lot of tourists in line, I still enter the scenic spot very quickly. At the same time, the ticket exchange window is still reserved to facilitate the entry of foreign tourists with passports and tourists with other documents such as household registration books and driver’s licenses. May 2021 Small Wild Goose Pagoda The fence in the picture above (picture 3) is the ticket gate of the original Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Now the entrance to the park is directly placed at the outermost antique gate building (Figure 2), which is equivalent to expanding the scope of the scenic spot. At the same time, the eastern part of the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, which originally belonged to the parking lot of the scenic spot, has also been closed to become part of the scenic spot. I went around and found that there were no other buildings, only large lawns, but it also expanded the scope of the scenic spot as a whole. Change 2: The classical garden becomes a large lawn, which one do you prefer? Everyone knows that the Little Wild Goose Pagoda was originally a tall tower in Jianfu Temple of the Tang Family Temple in the Tang Dynasty, but today, the temple no longer exists. The current Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi’an Museum are an overall 4A scenic spot, including the classical garden area and the Xi’an Museum. The classical garden area where the Small Wild Goose Pagoda is located still retains the classical central axis architectural layout. The central axis includes Baiyi Pavilion, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Zangjing Pavilion, Daxiong Hall, Cishi Pavilion, Nanshan Gate and other ancient buildings in Ming and Qing Dynasties from north to south. There are two courtyards on the east and west sides. I came to visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda this time, and all the indoor buildings were not open. These halls were originally the exhibition halls of the Silk Road culture and the history of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, and they are still under repair. So the focus of the tour is on the outdoors. In my opinion, the biggest change in the entire Little Wild Goose Pagoda is the small courtyard on the east side. May 2019 Small Wild Goose Pagoda across the Cuiyuan May 2021 Small Wild Goose Pagoda across the Cuiyuan The small courtyard on the east side is called “Ge Cui Yuan”. It originally contained a stele pavilion with large and small stone steles and horse-locking stones. Now it has been renovated and turned into a closed corridor-shaped building. Because it is not open, I don’t know what it is inside. The yard was originally planted with peony, rose and other flowers of various colors. When I came in May of previous years, it was like a classical garden, very beautiful. Now the garden has become a lawn, and the style is completely different. Put two sets of photos from the same angle, taken in May 2019 and May 2021 respectively. Let’s see which style you prefer? May 2019 Small Wild Goose Pagoda across the Cuiyuan May 2021 Small Wild Goose Pagoda across the Cuiyuan Change three: add lounge bar and Changan ancient music performance In the courtyard on the west side opposite the Cuiyuan on the east side, there are two indoor buildings that have been closed. I came again this time and found that it has been changed to open. One was changed to a Chang’an ancient music performance, and visitors need to buy tickets to enter; one was changed to a gourmet lounge, where visitors under the pergola ordered drinks and rested. 2021 Little Wild Goose Pagoda West Courtyard Change four: missing red lanterns Although the interior buildings are not open this time, I still found some small changes in it during the tour. That is, there are no red lanterns hanging on the original building in the Little Wild Goose Pagoda. Perhaps it is to restore the quaint feeling of the ancient building itself? Still put two sets of photos with the same angle, you can see the changes. 2021 Little Goose Pagoda and Great Hall of Heroes 2019 Little Goose Pagoda and Great Hall of Heroes May 2021 Small Wild Goose Pagoda May 2019 Small Wild Goose Pagoda Speaking of so many changes in the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, in fact, the core landscape, the Little Wild Goose Pagoda, still stands tall and has not changed. As a typical work of the square brick tower in early my country, the Little Goose Pagoda can be said to be a precious artistic heritage of Buddhist architecture in the Tang Dynasty in my country. The legendary story about the “three shocks and three combinations” of the Little Wild Goose Pagoda has always been talked about by people. However, the Little Wild Goose Pagoda is still undergoing internal repairs, and it is not yet possible to climb the tower. May 2019 Small Wild Goose Pagoda The small wild goose pagoda scenic area in May is full of ancient trees and green trees. Take time to stroll around! May 2021 Small Wild Goose Pagoda Finally, I will talk about some useful travel information, friends who want to come can refer to: The Small Wild Goose Pagoda is located on Youyi West Road, South Gate, Xi’an, with convenient transportation. You can take a bus to the “Little Wild Goose Pagoda” station, or take the subway to the “Nanshaomen” station, and then walk for 15 minutes. It’s free and open, but you need to book an e-ticket on Meituan or Dianping in advance. When you come, you can swipe your ID card to enter the park. If you want to know more about less popular and fun tourist destinations, you are welcome to pay attention to Xiaoyu’s travel diary. Discover more beautiful worlds with Xiaoyu!