Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Big Wild Goose Pagonia

I could have done three or four posts of nothing but the terracotta warriors, but I decided to just keep moving right along here :) After we left the terracotta museum, we went to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (or pagonia, as Missy would say) and spent just an hour there before we had to leave for dinner.

The pagoda is seven stories tall and this one was built in the eighth century (a previous pagoda apparently wasn't built up to code and it collapsed). This one has been through some earthquakes so according to Wikipedia, it leans to the west. Maybe this is like China's version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa...

Anyway, the pagoda is part of a Buddhist monastery, so we took a few pictures of the buildings. Tracy told us that only about 30% of Chinese people are really religious, but given how huge China's population is, even 30% of their population is about equal to the entire population of the United States.

And the roof guardians. A lot of old Chinese buildings have animals and things carved onto the roofs that are supposed to protect the structures from fire.

It is 247 stairs up to the top of the pagoda, but we ran out of time to climb up, which is too bad because the view of Xi'an would have been awesome from up there (at least if the smog wasn't too bad, anyway).

Looks like a shishi dog to me, but I wasn't going to lift up his tail and see if he was a pixiu or not ;)

These were cool--they function like waterspouts for the building, like gargoyles on the churches in Europe. Why doesn't my house have these?!

It was getting close to sunset so we got some really nice lighting for pictures. There is also a peony garden on the grounds, so I got to take some more floral shots which are always my favorites.

Hmm...I think we need to tweak this one just a little bit so you can see us better. The pagoda looks great though. I pulled up the Wikipedia page about the pagoda and Lee says our pictures are better than what they have. He's right ;)

This is in the middle of the garden. So what do you call a cross between a pagoda and a gazebo anyway, a pag-zebo?

Last picture from the garden, just 'cause I like the flower photos :)


Amber said...

Super pretty pics Christy! I love that Pagoda! Billy's mom took us to one in PA, I bet it's authentic...bwahahahaa! Hey, you have an email waiting for you *wink* :)

CCsMom said...

I bet the view would have been awesome. Sometimes on a tour you can't take time to do those extra things you'd really like to do . . . but there's trade-offs like being more informed about what you are seeing and knowing exactly where to go. So neat.

Gotta get ready for church. Forgot to tell you when we spoke on Skype last night that MSN had a video of a dolphin jumping out of its tank in "Japan". Turned out to be that one at the aquarium in Okinawa -- one of those darker, snub-nosed dolphins did push himself up and over the glass wall of that tank. He didn't hurt himself too badly, though.

Love you!!! Mom

Liz Guidry said...

Gorgeous pictures!!! I expect you to be working on these pages in England with me. AND I expect when we go to Disney paris that we will take a bunch of awesome/funny pics together. Deal?