The Buddhist pagoda was built between 649 and 683 for the Emperor Gaozong during the Tang Dynasty and stood 177ft tall. Empress Wu Zetian had the pagoda rebuilt and added 5 new stories by 704. In 1556 it was damaged by an earthquake and 3 stories were lost. It has not been rebuilt since then. Beautiful gardens surround the pagoda and like all other gardens in China, it is a place to gather for song, dance, meditation, or just walking.
Here are some shots of the gardens and artwork.
And you can’t walk through a park without seeing the locals either dancing or doing Tai Chi.