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Address: 76km (47 miles) south of Datong, Datong, China
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A splendid exmple of old Chinese architecture

Not much to see inside and unable to go upstairs due to the fragility of the building. However, the pagoda is splendid example of Chinese architecture, especially considering... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2015
Los Angeles, California

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Barcelona, Spain
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

The building is extraordinary. justify the tour. old, different, if you have travelled to datong... why are you going to miss one of the must...

Thank barcelonian b
Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Not much to see inside and unable to go upstairs due to the fragility of the building. However, the pagoda is splendid example of Chinese architecture, especially considering that is all made out of wood and that it is about a thousand years old... Like others here, we stopped to see it of the way to the Hanging Temple and... More 

Thank worldnomad_01
Beijing, China
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

this pagoda is still here, after more than a thousand years... it's big and well grounded. you cannot go upstairs anymore, but peeking from inside, you can see how much history it has experienced. it's splendid.

Thank PablosDad
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We stopped off here on route to the Hanging Temple and it was a great diversion. Walked to the top and had fantastic views of all the levels of Chinese city living! New, old, wealthy, poor.....all from one 360deg view! Incredible building feat as completely built from wood without any nails or glue. Unfortunately it looks like they have stopped... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

The pagoda is unstable so entry is restricted thus its viewing only, however the surrounding streets are setup for us tourists, we were there on a public holiday and it was cold thus, no crowds so many small stall vendors were not around. The pagoda is a photo shoot and a wander for half an hour, the surrounding streets could... More 

Thank lloyd p
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

It leans quite obviously and access has been curtailed. The structure and engineering with wooden brackets is impressive. The grounds are not well kept.

Thank Arthur F
Hong Kong, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I visited on 19 May, the day of "China Travel Day". It did not open for entrance the temple ground floor although it was free to walk around. I was very disappointed. I will pay a viist again next time.

Thank hamdan268
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The construction metodology of the roofs of the pagoda, which is the same in all pagodas, can be seen very well in this solitary place.

Thank br1xra
San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Not much here but the pagoda and associated temples and you can only go in the ground floor. A long trip to get here but if you're already going to the hanging temple then this is a side-trip on the way but I certainly wouldn't travel this far to see just the pagoda.

Thank randuzi
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Very Interesting! One of the highlights of our 2 day tour in Datong. You will need a guide to give you information about the history of the attraction in relation to the town and its people. Without a guide its just something interesting to look at. We had a brilliant guide called Lee Ann who was assigned to us by... More 

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