Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) Tours

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Built in 652, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta) is one of Xi’an’s oldest structures. While its form follows the typical pagoda style of several successive levels, it lacks the decorative frills typically associated with such buildings in China. Within you’ll find Buddha statues and religious relics brought from India along the Silk Road.
 
The Basics
The stone Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of Xi’an’s most notable landmarks, and it’s almost always included in city sightseeing tours around the ancient city. It’s usually visited along with other Xi’an attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Xi’an City Wall, Muslim Quarter, and the Bell Tower.
 
Within the structure, a spiral staircase leads up to an overlook with a panoramic view of the city. Visitors pressed for time in China who still want to see this and other Xi’an highlights can do so with a day trip by air from either Beijing or Shanghai.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The pagoda is a must-see for first-time visitors and travelers with an interest in Chinese or religious architecture.
  • Visitors must pay an entrance fee to Da Ci’en Temple, as well as a separate fee to climb the pagoda.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes, especially if you plan to climb the pagoda tower.
 
How to Get There
Several public buses stop at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, but the easiest way to get there is to take the Xi’an Metro to either Dayanta or Xiaozhai stations. The latter is about a 10-minute walk from the pagoda.
 
When to Get There
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is open daily throughout the year. For the best weather for enjoying this and other outdoor attractions in town, plan to visit from March to May or September to October.
 
Da Ci’en Temple
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda sits on the grounds of Da Ci’en Temple. While the grounds of the Buddhist temple are much smaller than their original size, they still exceed 12 acres (5 hectares). Xi’an’s Drum Tower and Bell Tower sit to either side of the entrance, with a series of structures running along its central axis, including the Hall of Mahavira, Sermon Hall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and the Hall of Xuanzang Sanzang.
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Day Trip to Xi'an from Shanghai by Air including Private Terracotta Warriors Tour

Travel to Xi’an by air from Shanghai for a private tour of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, and highlights of the old city. Have time to admire the treasures displayed at the Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then see remnants of the ancient capital of the Tang Dynasty when touring the old city. Stop at the well-preserved ancient city wall, walk through the vibrant Muslim Quarter and visit the historic Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Includes flights, lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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8-Day Small-Group China Tour: Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Shanghai

Discover the history and culture of Xi'an, Guilin and Shanghai on an 8-day China tour that takes in UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Li River and modern attractions. Highlights include the Terracotta Warriors, Wild Goose Pagoda and Great Mosque in Xi’an; the stunning scenery of a Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo; and Yu Gardens, the Bund, Nanjing Road and Tianzifang in Shanghai. Learn about the history and culture of China from your knowledgeable guide and travel in comfort with the inclusion of accommodation and two flights.
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Essential Xi'an Private Day Tour Including Lunch

If you’re visiting Xian for the first time, get a comprehensive introduction to the ancient city on a sightseeing tour designed with visitors on a time budget in mind. As well as benefiting from the undivided attention and insider knowledge of your guide, you’ll travel between top Xian attractions—which include Xian City Wall and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda—in air-conditioned comfort without worrying about getting lost.
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Xi'an Evening Tour: South Gate Square, Fountain Show and Tang Dynasty Theme Squares

See Xi’an light up for the evening on a four-hour tour with a private guide and driver. Head to the spectacularly lit South Gate Square, North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Tang Dynasty Theme Square. You’ll see the lovely South Gate and old City Wall, then drive to North Square where the largest musical fountain in Asia puts on a colorful show every night. Learn about the Tang Dynasty from your guide and admire the sculptures, fountains and gardens during a leisurely walk in the square.
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Half Day Private City Trip in Xi'an

Put on your walking shoes and get acquainted with some of downtown Xi’an’s most historic landmarks on this half-day tour. Take in stunning views of the city from the top of the Ancient City Walls, then visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the surrounding Square, where old Buddhist relics are on display. There are no big tour groups to slow you down on this private tour; explore each attraction at your own pace, with your guide on hand to answer all your questions.
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Half Day Private City Tour of Historical Xian

This tour is suitable for extending your stay in Xi’an with a half day. It covers one of the most distinguished history museum in China - Shaanxi History Museum and a well-preserved ancient Buddhist pagoda and temple - Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It’s a good way to learn more about the profound culture and history of Xi’an. If you only have limited time, this tour can’t suit you better.
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Xian Tour with City Wall, Xian Museum, and Muslim Quarter

Explore Xian’s historical highlights and learn how the city drew emperors, warriors, poets, and monks through the centuries on this 8-hour city tour. Travel between the sights by air-conditioned vehicle and view the main landmarks. Visit the City Wall, chart the city’s past at Xian Museum, and walk around the Muslim Quarter, seeing the nearby Bell and Drum Tower, and more. Your tour includes lunch, entrance fees, and downtown hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Xi'an Half-Day Private Cultural Tour of Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda

In addition to the world famous Terracotta Warriors and Xi’an landmark ancient City Wall, there are many more attractions for you to see in Xi’an. Spend a half day to visit China’s most distinguished history museum in Shaanxi and the holy place of Buddhism at Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Experience and learn the profound history of this ancient Chinese capital, Xi’an.
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4-Hour Private Xi'an Night Tour with Musical Fountain Show

Xi'an is at its most atmospheric by night and a private tour means you can explore the city at your own pace. On this 4-hour evening tour, marvel at the illuminated landmarks of South Gate Square, sample tasty street foods (own expense) along Muslim Street, and watch the spectacular musical fountain show at the Great Wild Goose Pagoda.
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Xi'an Private Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda Day Tour

Visit the world-renowned Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses Museum and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda on a full-day private tour in Xi’an. Marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mausoleum complex that contains thousands of Terracotta Warriors and other life-sized statues. Then, discover the significance of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist structure that dates to the Tang Dynasty. Travel with a private guide who can customize your day to your interests. Includes lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Xi'an Private Tour: Terracotta Warriors, City Wall, and Giant Wild Goose Pagoda

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Xi'an Night Tour: South Gate Square and Musical Fountain at Big Wild Goose Pagoda Square

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Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall

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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Customizable Terracotta Warriors Day Tour Including Lunch

Instead of sitting on a crowded tour bus and getting shepherded to places you aren’t interested in, see the side of Xi’an that interests you on this private day trip. Start with a morning visit to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, then spend the afternoon visiting your choice of historical sites. Whether you’re interested in learning more about Xi’an or you just want to see some great views of the city, you can customize your tour to focus on your interests.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Xi'an Private Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and City Wall

Discover the top attraction around Xi’an on a private full-day tour with a knowledgeable guide. Begin with a trip to the Terracotta Warriors Army and Horses Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be amazed by the 2,000-year-old complex where the life-sized Terracotta Warriors guard the mausoleum of China’s first emperor. After lunch, explore old Xi’an by visiting the Ancient City Wall and the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. Focus on the places that interest you most on your private tour of this important cultural capital.
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4-Night Soul of Xi'an and Chengdu Tour by Air Including Panda Visit

Offering comfort, value and easy access to some of China’s most cherished attractions, prepare for a whirlwind of culture, cuisine and unique wildlife on this accommodation-included four-night tour. Seeing the world-famous Terracotta Warriors in historic Xian and playing at a Giant Panda Breeding research center in Chengdu will leave you hungry for some famous Sichuan-styled hot pot dinner, with daily meals included on this family-friendly excursion.
  • Duration: 5 days
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2-Day Highlights Xi'an Private Tour Combo Package: Terracotta Warriors and City Sightseeing

See the top sites in historic Xi’an over two days with an expert guide. Visit highlights including Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Bell Tower and Drum Tower upon your arrival on day one. For your second day, start at the Banpo Museum, then continue to the Terracotta Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before wrapping up at Xi'an Ancient City Wall. Your tour includes lunch both days, airport transfers and hotel pickup and drop-off, while you have the freedom to arrange your own accommodation.
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Private Tour: Terracotta Army Museum and Xi'an City Highlights

See the highlights of Xi'an with a private driver and guide. First, visit the Terracotta Army, a massive art collection of thousands of clay statues of warriors, horses, and chariots that were buried with the first emperor of China. After lunch (not included), explore the city with your guide including Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi History Museum, Xi'an Muslim Quarter, and the Great Mosque of Xi'an.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private 2-Day Xian Tour Package including Terra Cotta Warriors and City Attractions

Experience the Terracotta Army and China’s ancient capital on a two-day combo tour. After a convenient pickup, travel by private vehicle to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Explore the thousands of sculptures that were made more than 2,000 years ago to accompany China’s first emperor into the afterlife. Visit many of Xian’s major landmarks, including the Muslim Quarter, the Grand Mosque, and Big Wild Goose Pagoda in one hassle-free package.
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