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A paper was published on  Journal of Xi'an University of Architecture & Technology, and the title is An exploration of the aseismic behavior of Xi'an Xiaoyan Pagoda.
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From: "David Merrick" <mrkgp(--nospam--at)winfirst.com>
To: "SEAINT" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 20, 2003 7:42 AM
Subject: Historical Chinese Tower w/rocking base.


> This one will not help to get or finish any design jobs.
> 
> Can anyone verify the following?
> Is there a Chinese engineer that documented the 1965 study?
> 
> The Jianfusi Xiaoyanta, or Hsiaoyenta, or Little Goose Pagoda, 1.5
> kilometers South of red Bird Gate in the Ward, South of the Chienfu Temple,
> in the City of Xian, or Sian, or Ch'ang-an, China.
> 
> The pagoda has survived nearly 70 major earthquakes over its 1,300 year
> lifetime.  ...a 1487 quake split the pagoda in two.  Another quake 34 years
> later smashed the two halves back together.  The story of the miraculous
> "healing" is recorded on a lintel of the pagoda by the skeptical official
> Wang He, who visited the temple on a night in 1555.
> 
> At one time the pagoda stretched up for 15 stories but earthquakes have
> reduced the height to 13 stories or 43 meters (141ft)
> 
> It was built with layers of bricks but without any cement in between. The
> bracket style in traditional Chinese architecture was also used in the
> construction. The seams between each layer of bricks and the "prisms' on
> each side of the pagoda are clearly visible.
> 
> Yi-Ching built a pagoda .... In 706 (AD), ...a forty-five-meter tower ....
> In 1965, workmen excavating the pagoda's base to make sure it had sufficient
> support discovered why it had been able to withstand earthquakes that had
> leveled the surrounding buildings: it was built like a round-bottomed doll
> that rolls back and then returns to its original position....
> 
> David Merrick, SE
> 
> 
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