Located between Erhai Lake and the Cangshan Mountain, the Three Pagodas are among the must-see sites if you are visiting Dali. The central pagoda is the most impressive structure. It was built somewhere around 830AD and it is 227-feet high with sixteen stories. It has the shape of a square and it is one of the most preserved structures built during the Tang Dynasty. The building was renovated in 1978 when numerous antiques related to Buddhism were found in the hollow body.
The other two pagodas were built sometime later and they are 140-feet high each. Together, the Three Pagodas form a symmetrical triangle, which makes them a unique structure in China.