A couple of kilometers northwest of Dali old town, the Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple are the oldest standing structures in Yunnan, which has become the emblem of Dali. With Cangshan Mountain in the background, the majestic towers stand on a hill and are visible from almost any vantage point within Dali and the surrounding area.
The tallest of the three, Qianxun Pagoda, has 16 tiers that reach a height of 69.13 meters. It was first built in the period 824 - 839 in the Tang Dynasty. It is flanked by two smaller 10-tierd pagodas, which are 42.19 meters each. In 1978, a renovation project was launched. 618 pieces of valuable antiques were found in the pagodas, including Buddhist scriptures, statues, musical instruments and copper mirrors of Tang and Song Dynasties.
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