Haibao Pagoda 海宝塔 – North Tower Yinchuan 银川
- December 30, 2015
- Posted by: Andreas
- Category: Attractions
The Haibao Pagoda (海宝塔) is located in the north of Yinchuan (银川) and is literally meaning (Haibao = Sea Treasure and Pagoda = Tower) Sea Treasure Tower. Many legends and unproofed sources tell that the North Tower was eventually rebuilt in the 5th century while it’s not known when the Pagoda was originally constructed. What’s known is that the tower collapsed several times causing earthquakes but was always been restored. Last time the Pagoda was restored in 1788 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
It is also said that there was a lake and the Pagoda was situated on an island. The locals from Yinchuan (银川) would take a boat to cross the lake on the 4th march of every lunar new year to attend the temple fair. The temple has several names such as North Pagoda, Haibao Pagoda, North Tower, Black Tower or Haibao Buddha Hall. On the top of the 53 Meters tall Tower, you will have an incredible view over Yinchuan and maybe the chance to see a Buddhist while climbing up the 11 floors.
Just as the construction date, the opening hours of the Haibao Pagoda Yinchuan (海宝塔) remain a mystery.
The opening hours for the tower and surroundings are just as mysterious as the history of this place but if you are willing to pay 12 kuai per person to enter the Pagoda than you will be maybe able to clear up this mystery.
Besides the Tower itself, you can sometimes find fortune tellers near the entrance or Buddhists doing their daily business. Often you can see people inside one of the temples praying to god or lightening up an incense candle. We highly recommend you to come during summertime because the surroundings are inviting you to walk around the lake or to take a rest under the shade of a tree.
If you want to know more about the Haibao Pagoda (海宝塔) or other attractions in Yinchuan 银川 than please get in contact with us. Just send an email to andreas(at)yinchuan.de.