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China's 'Tower of Pisa' leans back up

CHINA'S mirror of the Italian "Pisa Tower" is now leaning more upright after the local government pumped water under the tower to combat land subsidence.

The 1,300-year-old Big Wild Goose Pagoda in southern Xi'an, capital of southwest China's Shaanxi Province, has stopped leaning further since 1997 and now its angle has been reduced to 998.9 mm from 1,010.5mm in 1996, China News Service reported today, citing the latest data from Shaanxi Surveying and Mapping Bureau.

At that rate it will take another 1,000 years for the tower to stand upright, bureau experts forecasted.

The 64.5-meter Buddhist pagoda was built in 652 to hold sutras and figurines brought to China from India by translator and traveler Xuanzang.

Land subsidence from continuous underground water drainage caused the tower to lean.


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