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Pagoda is a common architecture with a particular form and style of traditional Chinese architecture in Asia. Originally, it was used to worship or collection Buddhism bone, statues, Buddhist monks and other body-type point towering building, called "pagoda." After the 14th century, the tower gradually secularized. The architecture form of pagoda is a unique treasure in Chinese.

When the ancient Indian stupa architecture which was used to bury Buddha relics left after the cremation of a Buddhist, the architecture was introduced to China in the Han Dynasty and then combined with the Chinese mainland Chinese architecture to form a tower of this architectural form. With the spread of Buddhism in the East, this architectural forms Stupa is also widely diffused Orient, the development of the traditional architectural forms tower became very oriental.

With the introduction of Buddhism in China and re-building Stupa combined with the mainland architecture, through the development of the Tang, Song Yuan, Ming dynasties, the building systems and adjacent areas are entwined, and gradually formed a pavilion-style tower, the pagoda of tight tiles, pavilions type tower, covered bowl tower, five Pagoda Temple, Hōkyōintō, Gorintō, Astroloba foliolosa, seamless different tower and other diverse towers. Buildings from the early square planar gradually evolved into a hexagonal, octagonal or even circular tower. During construction, the technology advanced and the structure also became more rational. The material used is also from the traditional rammed earth, wood extends to the masonry, ceramic, glass, metal, etc. materials. After the 14th century, the tower gradually spread from the religions of the world to the secular world, and therefore by law in accordance with the system, the tower can be divided into Buddism Pagoda and Wenfeng Pagoda.

In the architecture level, the tower is a very unique oriental architecture, its tall body mass varied materials, different geological conditions in different regions, different techniques to build the tower, the tower's architecture involves the study of the mechanical, structural mechanics , soil science, geology and other aspects.

The Category of Pagodas
There are more than 2000 pagodas in China. Types of towers is very much in the style to differentiate, there are covered bowl tower, niches tower, columns tower, wild goose pagoda, exposed tower, tower houses, no wall tower, Lama tower, thirty-seven-story pagoda, seventeen-story pagoda, fifteen-story pagoda, thirteen-story pagoda, the nine-story tower, seven-story pagoda, five-story pagoda, triple tower, square tower, a round tower, hexagonal tower, octagonal tower, a large tower, treasure pagoda, Yu only tower treasure trunk Indian tower, five towers, egg tower, seamless tower, pavilion-style tower, Miyan tower, diamond throne tower, tomb tower, board tower and corner tower.

According to the structure and shape, it can be divided into the pavilion-style tower, dense eaves tower, single tower, Lama Tower and other special shape of the tower.

According to the possession of the items to distinguish, there are stupa, hair tower, claws tower, teeth tower, clothing tower, bowl tower, Mami tower, gray body tower, broken body tower, bottle tower, Haihui tower, three realms Souls tower, the word a pagoda.

According to construction materials to distinguish, there are brick pagoda, wood pagoda, stone pagoda, jade tower, sandcastle, mud tower, soil tower, manure tower, iron tower, copper tower, gold pagoda, silver pagoda, crystal tower, glass tower, porcelain tower, treasure pagoda and fragrant tower.

Famous Pagodas
Dali Qianxun Pagoda
Dali Three Pagodas is located by the Coast of Erhai Lake, in the west of the city Dali. Originally, it was part of Sacred Temple, the temple is now no longer exist, and the tower is still standing as before. Dali survived an earthquake 1925and nearly all houses outside the city collapsed, but Qianxun Pagoda was unharmed which is only one mile from the city. The Qianxun Pagoda is 69.13 meters high and it is the seat of the square brick tower Miyan, a total of 16 floors. Its shape is similar to Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an. It is a typical tower of the Tang Dynasty. Tower has empty hearts, in the ancient it has well-shaped stairs, can be used for people to climb.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an
Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province is located in the southern suburbs of Mercy Temple, built in the Tang Dynasty. It is a famous ancient building and is considered a symbol of the ancient capital of Xi'an. The State Council promulgated the first batch of national key cultural relic’s protection units in 1961.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda was a square plane, built in a square about 45 meters, a height of about five meters on the platform. It’s a seven-story tower, the bottom side length is 25 meters from the ground. To the top of the tower, it is 64 meters high. The tower is built with bricks, brick mill on the seam strong exception. The tower has stairs, can circled to climb up. On all sides, they each have an arch openings, you can lean on a railing overlooking and Changan city is in your panoramic view.

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