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Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)
Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

Big Wild Goose Pagoda (Dayanta)

Free admission

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.

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Xi'an Private Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Xi'an Private Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
$120.00 per adult
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This was a terrific tour. Our guide...
This was a terrific tour. Our guide Sasha was very informed and pleasant. We were picked up on time at our hotel and taken to both venues, with a wonderful lunch in between at a five-star hotel and spa. It was a crushingly hot day with a billion people seemingly to see the warriors, but we still managed to have a great experience thanks to our guide. Would heartily recommend this tour!
Rita J, Aug 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in Xian

star-4
Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
muirdw, Nov 2019
Xi'an Private Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Friendly, knowledgeable and, engaging guide who kept us informed throughout. The actual tour was good however I'm not a great supporter of factory tours as part of the process. All in all a good day with a good guide.
star-5
Good location good service offer
Sylvain P, Mar 2019
4 Hours Xian Tour of City Wall and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Xi'an Walls where worth visiting but the Big Wild Goose Pagoda was of an utmost interest with a great and high level support from the guide of the Pagoda
star-5
Great Day in Xi'an
Guide42151328562, Mar 2019
Xi'an Day Trip of Terracotta Warriors, City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
We had a lovely time in Xi'an. Our tour guide, Michael, was fantastic! He was knowledgeable, attentive and considerate. He went above and beyond to make sure that our every need or desire was attended to. Mr. Liu, our driver, was also great! We were well taken care of.
star-5
Lucia was my guide for the morning...
Kevon H, Dec 2017
Xi'an Half-Day City Tour - Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Lucia was my guide for the morning and the half day tour of the Pagoda and history museum were a perfect complement to a full day tour of the terra-cotta warriors. Lucia was very knowledgeable of the pieces in the history museum as well as the Buddhist history of the pagoda. Great tour!
star-5
While I don't think that this tour...
Lee E, Apr 2018
Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall
While I don't think that this tour is needed to see Xi'an this tour provided a quick overview for anyone who wants to see the city. The tour guide was extremely knowledgable and makes getting around easy if you don't speak Chinese.
star-5
The tour to the history museum was...
Joyce A, Dec 2017
Xi'an Full Day Sightseeing Tour - Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Ancient City Wall
The tour to the history museum was extremely informative. My guide, Lily, was very patient in explaining the history of ancient China. I was the only one on the tour so it was a one-to-one tour. The visits to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Ancient City Wall were equally amazing! I opted to take a bicycle ride on the city wall. Highly recommend this tour as the locations of the museum and pagoda are outside the city wall.
star-5
This was a terrific tour. Our guide...
Rita J, Aug 2017
Xi'an Private Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
This was a terrific tour. Our guide Sasha was very informed and pleasant. We were picked up on time at our hotel and taken to both venues, with a wonderful lunch in between at a five-star hotel and spa. It was a crushingly hot day with a billion people seemingly to see the warriors, but we still managed to have a great experience thanks to our guide. Would heartily recommend this tour!
star-4
Great half day tour based within...
Jim H, Oct 2015
Xi'an Half-Day City Tour - Shaanxi History Museum and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Great half day tour based within central Xi'an which is a good complement to a longer separate tour to see the Terracotta Warriors. Experienced and friendly guide, recommended.
star-5
This tour was very well organised...
Lucas d, Jun 2017
Xi'an Private Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
This tour was very well organised. Candy was a wonderful guide and her English was very good. The guide was flexible and adjusted the tour during the day in accordance with my personal interests. Highly recommended!
star-5
Rosemary was an excellent guide...
Elizabeth H, Nov 2015
Private Tour:Terracotta Warriors,City Wall,Great Mosque&Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Rosemary was an excellent guide, extremely knowledgeable of the city's history and culture and flexible to adjust the itinerary and accomodate requests. This tour was the ideal way to see all the highlights of Xi'an if you only have one day.
star-4
i took this trip to see the...
Gina C, Nov 2015
Private Tour:Terracotta Warriors,City Wall,Great Mosque&Big Wild Goose Pagoda
i took this trip to see the terracotta warriors and was very happy to visit. the mosque was also a great site to visit. the wall can be done on your own...i only had a day so packed it all in...would have been nice to spend more time at the teracotta warrior site.
star-5
What a Great day! The guide Leo was...
FAMILLECBPARIS, Aug 2017
Xi'an Private Day Tour: Terracotta Warriors and Big Wild Goose Pagoda
What a Great day! The guide Leo was very professional and yet so much fun to spend the day with. He spent the day paying attention to our need, we were never rushed. I highly recommend the tour and the guide!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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