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Sarira Pagoda on Vajrasana at Cideng Temple in Hohhot of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
The pagoda is located south a lane called Pingkang in old downtown Hohhot.

The pagoda is a typical example of vajrasana style. The tall, large pedestal, fourteen meters high, sits on a rather low platform. An arched gate in the middle of the pedestal has a horizontal board inscribed with the pagoda's name in three languages, Han, Mongolian and Tibetan. All four sides of the pedestal have beautifully executed sculptures of heavenly kings, guardians and Sanskrit inscriptions. Since the upper part of the pedestal is covered with glazed bricks, the pagoda looks brighter and more colorful than pagodas of the same style in Beijing. Stone steps inside the pedestal on both sides of the gate lead to a small pavilion on top. The middle pagoda is larger than the other four, but all are covered with ornamental carvings. The steeple on the four smaller pagodas are similar to that on the Zhenjue Temple pagoda in Beijing -- a miniature Lamaist dagoba.

The north wall at the back of the pagoda is inlaid with an astronomical map, a geographic map and a map showing the six Buddhist transmigrations. They are important material for the study of astronomical history in China. The map showing the six transmigrations is particularly valuable for its vivid sculptures of celestial figures, flowers and birds.

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