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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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an architectural wonder

Although my guide did not speak English, through her smartphone she was able to convey that no nails were used in the construction of this tower!

Reviewed 3 March 2017
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Stavanger
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A nice, historic site but quite a drive from Datong and from Hanging Temple. I went 2 times with guests, but did not on most recent trip because I just felt it did not warrant the time. Go to Huayan Temple instead which is right downtown and has a nice (although rebuilt) Pagoda that you can go up into.

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Beijing, China
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They say it is one of the worlds 3 only pagoda, along with the Eiffel Tower and leaning tower of Pisa? I didn't know the Eiffel Tower was one. It contains a lot of ancient history that you may not know unless you have a tour guide to tell you the stories.

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Shanghai, China
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It may be one of the oldest wooden structures on the planet, but the pagoda is in dire need of some TLC right now. The area is not really geared up for visitors and seems to be under renovation, but I saw no sign of any work being done. It's a long way out of your way to pay 50... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Although my guide did not speak English, through her smartphone she was able to convey that no nails were used in the construction of this tower!

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Singapore
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27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 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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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 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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