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Published: March 19th 2021
15th March - Datang Sleepless City
In August 2002, the North Square of Dayan Pagoda was officially opened, which opened the prelude to the construction of Datang Sleepless City. The North Square is centered on the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The overall design highlights the cultural spirit of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ci En Temple and Datang Culture, and is known as the "urban living room" and "cultural business card" in Xi'an
On September 26, 2010, Kaiyuan Square was completed and opened. Kaiyuan Prosperity and Wuhouxing were completed from two major themed sculptures, marking the continuous passage of the central landscape zone of Datang Sleepless City 2100 meters long and 500 meters wide, showing the historical lifeline of the millennium ancient capital And cultural axis.
In October 2018, Datang Everbright City comprehensively launched projects such as infrastructure improvement, commercial establishment improvement, street lighting improvement, street atmosphere improvement, and commercial format adjustment.
Turn historical resources into cultural tourism assets.
Giant Wild Goose Pagoda
Originally built in 652 during the reign of Emperor Gaozong of the Tang Dynasty, Giant Wild Goose Pagoda functioned to collect Buddhist materials
that were taken from India by the hierarch Xuanzang.
As for the reason why it is called Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, there is a legend. According to ancient stories of Buddhists, there were two branches, for one of which eating meat was not a taboo. One day, they couldn't find meat to buy. Upon seeing a group of big wild geese flying by, a monk said to himself: 'Today we have no meat. I hope the merciful Bodhisattva will give us some.' At that very moment, the leading wild goose broke its wings and fell to the ground. All the monks were startled and believed that Bodhisattva showed his spirit to order them to be more pious. They established a pagoda where the wild goose fell and stopped eating meat. Hence its name.
The walk with our virtual guide Eva was very busy, several local people wanted to say hello to us, they are missing the tourists.
As well as all the colourful lit displays the shops also sold food, traditional folk items, clothing and much more. Several people were walking with National costume but most people were wearing casual western
clothing, a sign of the times too was that almost every single person was holding a mobile phone taking photos.
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