The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple
The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple are an ensemble of three independent pagoda towers forming an equilateral triangle near Dali ancient town, Yunnan Province. The Three Pagodas were built during the time of the Kingdom of Nanzhao and Kingdom of Dali in the 9th and 10th centuries. They are at the east foot of the tenth peak of the massive Cangshan Mountains and face the west shore of the Erhai Lake of Dali ancient town.
The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple are made of brick and covered with white mud. The elegant, balanced and stately style of equilateral triangle is unique in China's ancient Buddhist architectures, and the Three Pagodas are regard as a landmark of Dali City and selected as a national treasure meriting preservation in China.
There is a lake behind The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple. Named Juying Chi (Reflection pond), the pond is known to be able to reflect images of the Three Pagodas.
The main pagoda standing in the front center, known as Qianxun Pagoda, was built during 823-840 AD by King Quan Fengyou of the Nanzhao state. It is 69.6 meters high and is one of the tallest pagodas in Chinese history. The main pagoda of The Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Temple is square shaped and composed of sixteen stories; each story has multiple tiers of upturned eaves. There is a carved shrine containing a white marble sitting Buddha statue at the center of each side of every story.
The other two pagodas were built about one hundred years after the construction of main pagoda, and stand to the northwest and southwest of main pagoda. The two small pagodas are 42.19 meters high and are solid and octagonal with ten stories. The center of each side of every story is decorated with a shrine containing a Buddha statue.