The Qianxun Pagoda stands at the center of the three pagodas in front of the Chongsheng Temple in Dali Bai autonomous prefecture, Yunnan province. The xun is an ancient Chinese unit of length; each xun roughly equals 2.67 meters. The Qianxun, literally meaning one thousand xuns in Chinese, is a literary hyperbole referring to the height of the pagoda, which, in fact, is about 69 meters.
Built between 833 and 840, under the rule of the Nanzhao Kingdom (738-902) during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), the Qianxun Pagoda has 16 stories constructed from bricks with a square plan and multi layers of eaves. The main body presents a fusiform-like shape with a smooth profile, reflecting the typical architectural style of the Tang Dynasty. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, is another paragon in this architectural style.