Tianfeng Pagoda

The Tianfeng Pagoda is situated in the centre of Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province. With a height of about 51 meters (167 feet), this hexagonal building is a landmark and the tallest ancient structure in the city. It appears as a seven-storey tower with another seven stories underground and is renowned for its long history, architectural value and ancient artifacts.

The tower was first built in 695 in the Tang Dynasty (618-907); hence it is also known as the Tang Pagoda. Since then, this pagoda had been destroyed and reconstructed on many occasions from the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The current tower was built in 1989. Guarded by a male and a female stone lion on the two sides, it is surrounded by a red wall, ready to tell people its long history.

The Tianfeng Pagoda
Tianfeng Pagoda
Tianfeng Pagoda
Entrance to the Pagoda

It is said that a great deal of silt was piled up highly to send bricks and stones up for the pagoda's construction in the Tang Dynasty. The silt left was so huge that two streets near the pagoda were named Dashani Jie (Big Silt Street) and Xiaoshani Jie (Small Silt Street). Made of bricks and wood, the exquisite pagoda boasts architectural features of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). At the same time, the elaborate tower is decorated with splendid cornices and fine carvings. Visitors get a dynamic feeling when approaching this elegant structure.

More than one hundred ancient articles were unearthed here, such as a copper Buddha, ancient money, a bronze box and a priceless silver palace model covered with gold. Many of these are important ancient Chinese artifacts. They are of great help in studying the history of the tower as well as the architecture and craft of the Song Dynasty.

Admission Fee: CNY 5
Bus Route: Take No. 6, 9, 364, 507, 518, 560, 812 and 815, and get off Tianfeng Pagoda.
Metro Take line 2 to City God Temple, walk eastwards for 5 minutes from exit C.
- Last updated on Jul. 19, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Tianfeng Pagoda
Asked by Sue from USA | Oct. 03, 2016 05:47Reply
How to get to Tianfeng Pagoda from Ningbo Foreign Affairs School in Qiyun Lu?
Where is the bus stop for which bus or how much for a taxi from FAS in Qiyun Lu to Tainfeng Pagoda? Also is the Pagoda open during National Day holiday week?
Answers (2)
Answered by Julia from US | Oct. 09, 2016 19:59

Walk northwest for about 700 yards to Ningbo Passenger Transport Center. Take bus line 32 to Yinfeng Road, Zuguanshan Road Intersection. Then, change to bus line 130 to the pagoda. If by taxi, the fare may be around CNY 20.

It is open normally during National Day Holiday. :)
Answered by Sue from USA | Oct. 12, 2016 05:31

actually we found it's quickest on the subway and there is a station right beside the pagoda which unfortunately has been closed since 1 July 2016 for renovations.
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