enlightenment (joy of inner light)
The Small Wild Goose Pagoda was built in the year 707 A.D during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). This multi-eave brick pagoda is thirteen stories tall, reaching 43.38 meters (142 feet). It is square on plane and rises skyward in an elegant spindle shape. Above the ground floor, the height of each storey diminishes, rendering a graceful curve to the contour. Multi-eaves are made by overlapping bricks which curve inward, a characteristic of the Tang Dynasty construction. The ground floor has arched doors facing north and south; the other floors have arched windows instead. The fine drawings on the doors reflect the artistic style prevailing in the Tang Dynasty. Inside, a narrow wooden stairway winds its way to the top of the pagoda. (Source: www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/shaanxi/xian/small_go... )
Heather and I climbed to the top, from where I took some photos of the city shrouded in smog. The height of each floor gets smaller and the stairs get narrower and steeper as you ascend. There was wonderful light coming into each level from the north and south facing windows. The top of the pagoda would offer a wonderful view of the city if you could see further than about a hundred meters through the smog!