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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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First Storey Only

It's been tilting more and more, so we were only allowed to go into the first storey, though there are photos of the other floors. This is the only pagoda in the area built as a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 5, 2016
Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

It is a quite a long way from Datong. People usually visit this and Yangmen Pass together. The pagoda is magnificent but due to the unstable structure, tourists are not allowed to go up the pagoda anymore. You can only pass through the ground floor (or some people called the first floor) where there is a huge stature of Buddha.... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

This is the oldest all-wood pagoda in China, from 1056, and the highest all-wood pagoda in the world. It’s made of red pines wood and apparently it was made without using nails, screws, or bolts. We were only allowed to visit the first floor in order to protect the monument. Very nice experience to see ancient China!

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Tinsukia, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

The Wooden Pagoda is the oldest and highest wooden structure in China but frankly we felt it was lame considering it’s not that tall at 67 meters and the condition of the site look shabby. One cannot go up the building as it’s about 1000 years old and unsafe. There is a famous Buddha statue inside but we were not... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

It's been tilting more and more, so we were only allowed to go into the first storey, though there are photos of the other floors. This is the only pagoda in the area built as a military lookout, and you can still see bullet and cannon holes from a recent conflict with the Japanese (also why it's leaning). There are... More 

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Shanghai, China
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

In agreement with another traveler, if you are actually going through the town, make a stop. If you have to make any detour, it's debatable at present. It is currently undergoing restoration. There is scaffolding around the exterior and visiting the interior is limited to the first floor. Having seen photos of the upper floors, I'm sure it's a wonderful... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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