Da Ci'en Temple
Located at South Yanta Road in Xian, 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from the city center, Da Ci’en (mercy and kindness) Temple is one of renowned Buddhist temples in China, where the landmark of Xian, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, is situated. In 648, the emperor Li Zhi ordered to build the temple to commemorate his dead mother. Four years later, the hierarch Xuanzang dwelled here to take charge of the temple’s business. Under Xuanzang’s supervision, the pagoda was constructed to keep the Buddhist statues, scriptures, classics and Buddhist relics (Sariras) he brought from India. Da Ci'en Temple also became a famous site for Buddhist sutra translation and the birthplace of the Faxiang (Dharma Characteristics) School.
There are two squares on the both north and south sides of the Da Ci’en Temple. The entrance of the temple faces to the south, and a giant bronze statue of Xuanzang towers in front of the square. In front of the temple gate lie four stone lions of Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) on both sides. The male one in the east plays with silk balls, and the female lion in the west enjoys two baby lions' company. Entering the gate, visitors can find two towers. One is the Bell Tower in the east, where hang an iron bell cast in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) whose striking sound can be heard from far away. The other is Drum Tower in the west, which will be stricken at dusk to refresh people.
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Xuanzang Sanzang Hall
How to Get to Da Ci'en Temple:
Take Bus No. 5, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 30, 34, 41, 44, 242, 271, 400, 401, 408, 500, 500 (branch), 501, 521, 527, 601, 606, 609, 701, 920 (to Jiaodai), 920 (to Tangyu), Qujiang Tourist Round Line, Tourist Line 6 or Tourist Line 8 (No. 610) and get off at Dayanta Nanguangchang (Big Wild Goose Pagoda South Square) Station.
Take Metro Line 3 to Dayanta (Big Wild Goose Pagoda) Station. Then walk towards south for around 1 km (0.6 mi) to arrive.
Xian Bus / Metro Search
It takes 20 minutes and costs CNY 20 from the Bell Tower.
It takes 40 minutes and costs CNY 30 from the Xian Railway Station.
|Admission fee|| |
Adult: CNY 50
After viewing the temple, visitors can go to the squares and gardens around Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy the fountain light and music show at the north square. There are some other nearby attractions also worthy of your visit, such as Shaanxi History Museum, Tang Paradise, Qujiang Polar Ocean Park, Qujiang Pool Park and Cool Cave Heritage Park.