ShanXi of China: The Small Wild Goose Pagoda中国陕西:小雁塔

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Yestoday, we talked about the Big wild goose pagoda, today, we will enjoying the sister of it: the Small wild goose pagoda. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area is located in the southern suburb of Xi’an, about 2 kilometers to the south of the City Wall. Covering an area of 16.3 hectares (40.4 acres), it mainly consists of the Xi’an Museum, the ancient Jianfu Temple and the famous Small Wild Goose Pagoda.
昨天,我们给大家描述了大雁塔,现在给大家说说他的姊妹塔—小雁塔。小雁塔坐落于西安的南面距离城墙大概两公里的地方。小雁塔的占地面积约为16.3平方米,整个景区主要由西安博物馆,荐福古寺和小雁塔构成。
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was built in the year 707 A.D during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). As it is newer and smaller than the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the name was given to distinguish the two. Unlike the grand Big Wild Goose Pagoda, it is dainty(秀丽的xiùlìde) and exquisite(精致jīnɡzhì) in its appearance. It is an important cultural relic and one of the remaining symbols of ancient Chang’an (the name of Xi’an in the Tang Dynasty).
小雁塔建于公元707年,相比于大雁塔而言,它小了很多,二者只是为了有一个区分,所以才被称为小雁塔。和大雁塔不同的是,小雁塔外表秀丽精致,并且它是中国长安历史文化中一个不可缺少的重要标志。
The construction of the pagoda is a wonder. Because Xi’an is located in an area where earthquakes sometimes occur, the pagoda base is made from packed earth in the shape of a hemisphere(半球bànqiú). In case of an earthquake, the pressure can be evenly divided, thus the pagoda has remained standing after over seventy earthquakes. After so many earthquakes, only the pinnacle(顶峰dǐnɡfēnɡ) and the two upper floors (the original pagoda had fifteen stories) have been damaged. Remarkably, cracks in the pagoda which occurred during earthquakes have been closed by quakes that came later.
小雁塔的建立是一个奇迹。因为西安地处地震多发带,而塔就是建立在这一半球的地震带上。由于地震的原因,压强会被分为两半,而塔却在70多次的地震中仍然幸存下来。在多次地震后,只有塔顶两层有所损坏,但是据说损坏的裂缝只有在地震时才会出现,地震之后裂缝又会自己合上。
A giant iron bell 3.5 meters (11.4 feet) in height and about 10 tons in weight resides in the Jianfu Temple. It makes a magnificent clear sound that can be heard more than three miles away. The elegant pagoda along with the bell is known as ‘The Morning Bell Chimes of the Pagoda’ and is considered one of the eight major cultural sites in the province.
荐福寺里有一个高3.5米高的大钟,钟声在三公里以外也能听得很清楚。荐福寺的大钟被称为“暮鼓晨钟”,在陕西省内也是一个很重要的历史文化名胜。
This is the Small wild goose pagoda and the landscape around her. If you have any time in future, welcome here and I will as a guide for you to introduce the more things about it.
这就是小雁塔及其周围的风景。如果您以后有时间,欢迎来这里参观游玩。

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