Hongsheng Temple and Pagoda in Dali City
Chinese Name: 大理弘圣寺塔(一塔)
Chinese Pinyin: Dali Hongshengsi Ta(Yita)
English Name: Hongsheng Temple and Pagoda
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
Recommended Visiting Hours: 1-2 hours
Location: Yuxiang Alley, Gucheng District, Dali City
Hongshen Temple and Pagoda
Hongshen Temple and Pagoda(弘圣寺塔), 1 km to southwest of Dali Ancient Town, is the building of Dali Kingdom. Hongsheng Pagoda, called as Yita Pagoda, is the dense-eave brick pagoda, with 16 stories. It is 48.73 meters. With the stones as the foundation, it was built with bricks above 3 meters. It was repaired in 1981. It was listed as the provincial key protection unit in 1983 and national key protection unit in 2013. Because of the long history, Hongsheng Temple was destroyed. There stands the Hongsheng Pagoda merely. The well-preserved pagoda in Cangshan and Erhai Lake area represents the superb architectural skills of Bai people and the splendid architecture culture of China.
How to get to Hongsheng Pagoda?
It is 1 km from Dali Ancient Town. It is convenient for travelers transferring around Hongsheng Pagoda. Travelers can take the bus of Three Pagodas and take off in the intersection of Yita Pagoda, then walk to Yita Pagoda.
What to See
In 1981, the government repaired the Hongsheng Pagoda. More than 700 cultural relics were found in it. There are 142 instruments of Mijiao, 17 copper statues, 30 Bodhisattva statues and scriptures etc. These relics are similar to that of the Three Pagodas. Therefore, it can be traced back to Dali Kingdom.
Dali Ancient Town is a historic town with rich culture located between Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake. Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic houses give the town distinctive feel. Travelers can wonder in this leisure town to appreciate the unique ethnic architecture and discover its profound history and culture.
Useful Travel Tips
Dali belongs to the low altitude plateau monsoon climate and ultraviolet ray is strong. Travelers should bring usual clothes and necessities as well as sunscreen cream and sunglasses to protect yourselves.