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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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  • 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 i...  more »
  • The Pagoda itself is not particularly interesting other than the fact that it is the tallest wooden Pagoda in ancient China. It was constructed to withstand earthquakes. although it has a slight tilt ...  more »
  • The way that it's built, with no nails just dougong, is pretty impressive. Rather sceptical about the story our guide told us, that everyday one of its 24 support poles is resting. However it was a ni...  more »

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As well as restoring and recreating its historical sites in recent years, Datong has been building hotels. Fairly evenly spread across what is a fairly small and non-residential urban area, you'll find a number of hotels offering standard and luxury options, with some high-rises providing good views of the ordered streets of the city. Budget-friendly options can be found off the main boulevards throughout Datong, and include guesthouses, the odd youth hostel, and budget hotels.
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