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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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  • These are things that you certainly must have seen and the best as we with an English speaking guide of the area near top!!
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 ca...  more »

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