We started this very cloudy (smoggy) morning with a relatively short ride south of town to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and the Da Ci’en Si Temple and Monastery. A short walk through a park led us to the leaning 210 feet tall pagoda – it has a definite list to the right. It was built in 652 AD by the Emperor to house the sacred Buddhist texts that were brought back from India by the monk, Xuanzang.
Leaning Wild Goose Pagoda
My cold is getting a little better. Still incredibly stuffed up in my sinuses and my throat occasionally hurts, but at least I don’t have that warm and sicky feeling.
Another smoggy day.
After a long drive to get to the Terra Cotta Warriors, we were almost there when we got stopped several car lengths back from the entrance toll booth because of a visit by the female Australian Prime Minister. We had to wait about 20 minutes. Big black SUVs and limos rolled right on by. Continue reading