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Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, Datong

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Known as the world's first pagoda and the highest and oldest wooden structure in country, Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda enraptures visitors with its ornate woodwork featuring a nail-free construction. When viewed from the outside, the pagoda appears to have five stories, but it actually contains nine--four remain hidden inside. Admire the rustic octagonal construction with 54 different types of brackets jointed only by mortises and tenons form the wooden masterpiece. Explore the interior decorated with colorful frescoes and statues of Buddha in different poses. The golden Buddha in the first floor stretches 11 m (36 ft) in height. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda by using our Datong online route planner .
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  • 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 de...  more »
  • A very nice discovery 40 years ago, this Pagoda of 1000 years containing a tooth of the Buddha. The inside is decorated d a huge painted Buddha surrounded by frescoes .a pure beauty
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  • Ying Pagoda is China's existing high wooden tower, because the years of disrepair, has been significantly tilted, now has not allowed visitors to climb the tower. Tickets are very expensive, personally feel unworthy, especially after the tower can not be photographed outside to take pictures enough.
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