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Address: 76km (47 miles) south of Datong, Datong, China
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Datong Full-Day Tour: Hengshan Hanging Temple and Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda
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Datong Day Tour of Yungang Grottoes and Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda

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Beautiful temple, amazing construction

The pagoda is an amazing construction feat given that everything including the nails is made of wood. The part we could go into was amazing with a huge buddha inside. It would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The pagoda is an amazing construction feat given that everything including the nails is made of wood. The part we could go into was amazing with a huge buddha inside. It would have been nice to be able to go to the other floors and see the statues there. The view would have been amazing from the top. The grounds... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The Ying Xian wooden pagoda is visually spectacular and its history is remarkable. The reason we don't rate it higher is on account of being able to view only the outside and the first floor. and the poor explanatory signs. Definitely worth a half-hour pause if you're passing the area, but probably not worth a long detour until the restoration... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016

Amazed at how the pagoda was built so many years ago and still standing. A walk around the exterior of the building and a tour inside the first level will rake no more than 30 min. Another photo opp.

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Richmond, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

This pagoda is impressive in itself, having lasted various earthquakes and is still standing. The highlight is that it is all made of wood and they say that there are no metal nails used. The sad thing is that you can not go all the way to the top and visitors are only allowed viewing of the first floor. There... More 

Thank Val C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

The pagoda was Built in 1056, during the Khitan-led Liao Dynasty, is the oldest existent fully wooden pagoda still standing in China. The pagoda has survived several large earthquakes throughout the centuries which is amazing. We used Bruce Zhang a couple of weeks ago and he was great. We thoroughly enjoyed our tours of Shanxi with him. Not only is... More 

Thank Dorothy H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

The pagoda is about 900 years old, the oldest wooden pagoda in the world and the architecture of the structure is quite interesting. The Kuan Yin statue in front was covered with a red robe the day I was there making it quite attractive. Worth a visit if in the area.

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Amazed ancient pagoda with beautiful structure. Our tour manager Bruce explains quiet detail about the history of this building, how it was found again after several hundred years and how it was kept during cultural revolution.

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Phoenix, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

We had been very lucky to have a very good tour guide, Bruce Zhang, explained to us of the story. How it was found, after it was ignored for hundreds years. The guide told us the story of the architect and his wife, all the detail of their life their love story, how much effort they made..... to find this... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

There was hardly anybody there. Although the site is geared for many visitors, its approach is somewhat derelict and although it is a landmark, the wooden pagoda is in desperate need of attention. It can no longer be climbed. The visit takes 10 minutes after a good hour and a half on the road. none of the surrounding shops are... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

I sat on the old stone steps and spent an hour just gazing at this hand crafted wooden structure 7 stories tall built approx 1000 years ago. You wonder at the skills and foresight of those monks and artisans and the place makes you feel that you can reach out and touch them. Currently under renovation plans you can still... More 

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