Three Pagodas Of Dali
Three Pagodas are located at the foot of Yingle Peak
of Cangshan Mountain at the northwest suburb of Dali
Ancient City. In the time of Nanzhao and Dali Kingdoms,
Chongshengsi was the largest monastery in this area
and the Three Pagodas were only a part of it. Now, the
monastery has long disappeared and only the Three Pagodas
Between Cangshan Mountain and Erhai
Lake, the Three Pagodas stand like the legs of a huge
tripod. Qianxun Pagoda, the main one, is square-shaped
with closed eaves similar to Xiaoyan Pagoda in Xi'an.
It has 16 tiers with a total height of 69.13 metres,
and is in a typical architectural style of the Tang
Dynasty. At the basement of the pagoda are engraved
four Chinese Characters "YONG ZHEN SHAN CHUAN" (meaning
everlasting sovereignty and peace) in the handwriting
of Mu Shijie, grandson of Mu Ying, the Senior Duke of
Qian of the Ming Dynasty. It was first built in the
era of Fengyou Emperor of Nanzhao Kingdoms about the
same time of the Tang Dynasty. On the south and north
sides of the main pagoda stand two smaller ones of octagonal
shape with dosed eaves. Each one has 10 tiers with a
height of 43 metres. On the top of each pagoda, there
are three copper-made calabashes, each connected with
an umbrella shaped bronze bell. They were constructed
during the period of the Five Dynasty (907-906), slightly
later than the main one. The cover of Qianxun Pagoda
is white-washed. On each story, there are four shines.
There are Buddhist sculpture on the east and west shrines.
The other two shrines are the windows for the pagoda.
There are wood beams inside the pagoda. Along stairs
inside, one can reach the top. There are four corners
on the summit. Each corner hangs a golden wing bird
cast by copper. Legend has it that these birds have
spell on the demons in Erhai Lake. On the summit of
the pagoda, there are also metal pagoda top, pagoda
cover, pagoda peak and a golden cock. On the base of
the pagoda, there is a epigraph: The Ruler of Mountains
and Rivers. There are pillars at very corner and platform
on each story. On the fourth and sixth floor, there
are embossed, and golden were there, so splendid.
the renovation in 1979, more than 600 pieces of cultural
relics were discovered, including hand-written Buddhist
scriptures, books, engraved bronze plates, bronze mirrors,
statues of Buddha made of gold, silver, bronze, iron,
porcelain, jade, and quartz, and medicinal herbs. Up
to now, they constitute the largest store of relics
of Nanshao and Dali Kingdoms ever found, providing sure
proofs of the influence of the Han culture upon minority
nationalities in the border areas.
The bell tower behind the Three Pagodas
was set up in 1997. A jianji Bell hangs from the upper
part of the building. It sounds louder when one taps
on it with mighty power. One can hear the voice from
the other world. This is one of 16 famous scene in Dali
-- The Bell Shapes the Capital of Buddhist.
Weathering through the storms and
earthquakes in the past to 10 centuries and more, the
Three Pagodas still elegantly stand there. They are
the symbols of outstanding architectural technology,
the wisdom of the ancient labouring people and the brilliant
culture of Dali.
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