Tianfeng Pagoda in Ningbo

Tianfeng Pagoda

The Tianfeng Pagoda is situated in the centre of Ningbo City, Zhejiang Province, which was first built in 695 during the Tang Dynasty, so it is also called as the Tang Pagoda. With a height of about 51 meters, this hexagonal building is a landmark and the tallest ancient structure in the city. It appears as a seven-storey tower with another seven stories underground and is famous for its long history, architectural value and ancient artifacts.

History of Tianfeng Pagoda

Tianfeng Pagoda was a Song-Dynasty-style half-timber pagoda pavilion in shape. At the same time, the elaborate tower is decorated with splendid cornices and fine carvings. It is a typical Song-Dynasty-style half-timber pagoda in the South of the Yangtze River. More than one hundred ancient articles were unearthed here, such as a copper Buddha, ancient money, a bronze box and a priceless silver palace model covered with gold. Many of these are important ancient Chinese artifacts. They are of great help in studying the history of the tower as well as the architecture and craft of the Song Dynasty. It is said that a great deal of silt was piled up highly to send bricks and stones up for the pagoda’s construction in the Tang Dynasty. The silt left was so huge that two streets near the pagoda were named Dashani Jie and Xiaoshani Jie.

Tianfeng Pagoda was so named because it was constructed during the reign of Wu Zetian the Empress of Tang Dynasty when she was enthroned (“Tianfeng” in Chinese means “enthronement under the will of Heaven”). The pagoda was destroyed by the war during 1128 and 1130, and was rebuilt in 1144. It was a thirteen-story pagoda. The outer skirts, platform and baluster of the pagoda were destroyed by fire in 1798, and were rebuilt in 1935.

How to get to Tianfeng Pagoda

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Independent Traveler

Take line 2 to City God Temple, walk eastwards for 5 minutes from exit C.

Take No. 6, 9, 364, 507, 518, 560, 812 and 815, and get off Tianfeng Pagoda.

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