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Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda

76km (47 miles) south of Datong, Datong, China
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Ranked #4 of 51 Attractions in Datong
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Swarms of birds flying around (I think eating mites out of the wood) created a great atmosphere here. The age of the temple is amazing, as with all other structures the belief not to clean / dust the buddhas seems a shame as it is / has caused a lot of damage. Much quieter than other temples I visited in... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I wasn't expecting to be blown away by a wooden pagoda but when you see it with all the birds flying around it is almost like being in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds. It is a fascinating piece of architecture and the surrounding streets are also really interesting if my daughter hadn't been so tired as we were there... More

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Senior Contributor
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is an interesting ancient structure but fell short of expectation. The entire area surrounding this site is rather commercialized. The wooden pagoda is quite dilapidated with the second floor already sealed off to tourists due to damage to the woodwork. There was an interesting basement mostly gold in color housing hundreds (maybe a thousand) Buddha statues or images surrounding... More

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Senior Contributor
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The pagoda is very interesting, although we felt a shame that we couldn't actually go any higher than the ground floor

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Barcelona, Spain
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

I read somethings about it and at first it didn't interest me. but I decided to come because the group that I am travelling with wanted to see. and it turned out to be fun. the wooden pagoda itself is amazing, a complete ancient structure of wooden building. they do make sure that there can never be any fire or... More

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Pingyao County, China
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4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Really cool pagoda, for sure. but the town feels like in the John Wayne movies, kinda cool in a way, really. worth a visit, better do it on the way to the hanging temple

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Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
64 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This UNESCO site (better known as 'Muta' or 'the Timber Pagoda') is the oldest and tallest surviving wooden structure in China. When I visited it years ago, you could climb the stairs. That is no longer possible; now you can only walk around the ground floor level. Photography is forbidden unless you bribe the man who runs up to stop... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We visited this in between the Hanging Monastery and Yungang Grottoes, so it was hard for this to compare with those two as they were great. But at least we can say we saw those largest wooden pagoda in the world….built entirely without nails! You can not go up the building any longer, but they do have some buddhas inside... More

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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

After our day tour from the hanging monastery, we stop at the largest wooden pagoda in the world.this structure is almost 1000 years old

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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This pagoda is the ancient and the tallest wooden pagoda in the world. To visit it you have to take a cab from Datong and negotiate the price to go and back. Usually is worthy to do a round trip while visiting also Mt. Hengshan and the Hanging Temple that will last the whole day. The pagoda is pretty amazing.... More

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