The Three Pagodas are located about one kilometer northwest of the ancient city of Dali in China, in a scenic location at the foot of Mt. Cangshan facing Erhai Lake. They have a history of over 1,800 years and are a symbol of the history of Dali City, as well as a record of the development of Buddhism in the area. As its name implies, the Three Pagodas are made of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. This is unique in China.
Of the Three Pagodas, the middle pagoda, Qianxun Pagoda is 69.13 m high and is one of the highest pagodas of the Tang Dynasty. The other two pagodas are lower and stand to the north and south of it.
Dali – Yunnan China – Chongsheng Temple – Three Pagodas
Many sculptures of Buddha made of gold, silver, wood or crystal, Buddhist readings, and more than 600 various medical ingredients were found in Qianxun Pagoda, giving the world important insights into the ancient history of Dali City. Known for its resilience, Three Pagodas has survived several eras of severe earthquakes.
The most recent record of a severe earthquake in the Dali area occurred in 1925. Only one in a hundred of the buildings in Dali survived, but the Three Pagodas were undamaged. Great efforts are being to make it strong to ensure the preservation of this architectural treasure.