Another beauty of Xi’an : the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda. A Buddhist pagoda built in the glorious Tang Dynasty, the Wild Goose Pagoda has also been named one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. I’ve been in love with Chinese pagodas since day one when I first step foot into the Six Harmonies Pagoda of Hangzhou ( 六和塔 ). It had been an ethereal summer day when Hangzhou officially stole my heart and I think now I associate pagodas with moments frozen in time.
The first construction of this pagoda collapsed five decades later and was rebuilt by an Empress who added an additional five stories to the original five. Unfortunately, natural disasters do happen and an earthquake of the 1500’s knocked the pagoda down to seven stories. What a history……
Chinese buddha ~ We’ve learned that originally Buddhism was not popular in China until alterations were made to allow the Buddha to take on more Chinese features. Kind of funny because this was also the case with Christianity. People slowly turned Jesus into a western-faced man (lightening his skin from olive to white). Which goes to show that humankind is attracted more towards similarities than differences.
Who would love to have a cup of tea while reading a good novel here (followed by a lazy mid afternoon nap)? *raises both hands*. The greenery makes me smile ridiculously – thank you dear Chinese winter for choosing to be so lovely to us all.
I feel like when I was a kid, I just wore ugly hand-me-downs and itchy granny sweaters haha.