Tang Dynasty Pagodas
You wouldn’t go so far as to call them a major attraction, but these two pagodas which stand one block apart a little south of Jinbi Square are worth a quick look. They were originally built when Yunnan was the center of the Nanzhao Kingdom (while the rest of China was ruled by the Tang Dynasty) around 850AD and are in the Bai architectural style. The pagodas have been severely damaged and rebuilt several times since. The West Pagoda (西寺塔) stands in a small compound where people sometimes gather to play cards or mahjong while the East Pagoda (东寺塔) stands behind a seemingly insurmountable fence. Between the pagodas is a street that has obviously been built with the intention of having it filled with tourist shops and restaurants. At the moment, most buildings on the street are empty, but it does have some interesting statues.
Directions: Head south down one of the streets on either side of Jinbi Square. West Pagoda is on Dongsi Jie and East Pagoda is on Shulin Jie, about two blocks south of Jinbi Square.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去东寺塔与西寺塔, 谢谢。 (Please take me to the Tang Dynasty Pagodas. Thank you.)