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76km (47 miles) south of Datong, Datong, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This pagoda is the oldest surviving wooden pagoda in China. It was built in 1056 AD during the Liau dynasty. It is 9 stories tall and was renovated in1974. Besides the pagoda, there is a temple that has a nice display of carved Buddhist statues...More

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Reviewed November 3, 2018

The pagoda shows exterior paint faded or coming off & signs of no maintenance. Can only view from exterior. See it if U are in vacinity but not worth seeing if special trip from Datong. During our trip, the traffic from here to Hanging Monestary...More

Thank bonnie68hill
Reviewed October 6, 2018

The pagoda is impressive, but given the other attractions in datong (grottoes, xuankongsi/hanging temple/city walls), it might perhaps be the one to miss if you are limited on time. Definitely recommend a taxi to get there. I took a bus and it took 2 hours...More

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Reviewed August 29, 2018

This is simply one of those structures you have to see to believe. It should definitely be on your tour stop if you are anywhere near it.

Thank William H
Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

How many days do you plan for Datong? The question matters because if you are on a slow trip (months) then by all means this is worth a half day even alone. With a month or less this structure only deserves combination with the Hanging...More

Thank Taylo102
Reviewed December 21, 2017

We were stunned to see that the entire pagoda is made of wood and still standing hundreds of years later. This is a remarkable site to visit. You will not be able to go up the pagoda but regardless it is a worthwhile site to...More

Thank vickasd
Reviewed December 16, 2017

This is one of the oldest "surviving" wooden structures in China and in the world. But, it's about 1 hour from downtown Datong and it's close for renovation. Even if it's done renovating, you still can't climb all the way up because they want to...More

Thank Geminican
Reviewed December 16, 2017 via mobile

Everything seems to be closed in winter. Many things under renovation. However, the best picture spot of the pagoda is in the park near the main road (no entrance fee).

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Reviewed November 22, 2017

This is the tallest extant wooden pagoda in China. The pagoda is fine but there is no access to the upper levels at the time of our visit. There is a temple just to the north of the pagoda with some nice roof ceramics. The...More

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Reviewed November 6, 2017 via mobile

This is the tallest wooden building in the world made without spikes or other metal - extremely impressive in itself Then it is a very nice and historical important building, and that in itself make it worth visiting, and a nice temple there also (if...More

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