This pagoda was built in honor of Monk Xuanzang, known for travelling to India during the Tang Dynasty, and returning with Buddhist scriptures. The story goes that there was not enough food to survive, and geese fell from the sky – as a result, he was fed, and was able to bring Buddhist thought to China – thus, the Wild Goose Pagoda.
The pagoda was beautiful, and the sky was blue and bright. We have since moved on to Beijing, and have yet to see even a peek of blue in the sky. In large part this is due to the rampant industrialization across China.