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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

Karenkatz,
Westborough, Massachusetts
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My Solo Trip to Datong ( Third Day )
About 50 KM east of the Hanging Temple is located Yingxian Wooden Pagoda. Yingxian is the name of the county where the huge wooden pagoda is located, hence Yingxian Wooden Pagoda. The road to Yingxian Wooden Pagoda is not a big one, a provincial level with little traffic due to the season. We pass some villages before we arrive at Yingxian Wooden Pagoda after one hour's drive. To my surprise, there has been great change since I first visited here 5 years ago. An imitation ancient street has beeb built, also many commercial apartments have mushroomed. Last time the wooden pagoda gave me an impression of loneliness. Now I feel it is noisy and crowded here, an experience which may be expected by the local government using the wooden pagoda to drive the local economy.

The real name or the full name of the temple is " Sakya Pagoda of Yingxian Fo Gong Temple. So the temple was built in the Buddha's Palace for worshiping Sakyamuni. It is admired as one of the Three Wonders of Pagoda in the world" together with Eiffel Tower in France and leaningTower of Pisa in Italy. The pagoda was built in 1056 AD in Liao Dynasty. It is the oldest and highest pavilion-style wooden pagoda in the world. It is 67.31 high and 30.27 wide. No iron nails have been used for the construction. Instead, it only uses the wooden structure such as mortise, tenon and bracket system in 54 kinds of design, biting with each other and laying up.

A stele carved with the words"Sakya Pagoda of Yingxian Fo Gong Temple
A stele carved with the words"Sakya Pagoda of Yingxian Fo Gong Temple - under state -level protection set up by Shanxi Provincial Government on March 03, 1961.

The Yingxian Wooden Pagoda is actually a buddhist temple
So the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda is actually a buddhist temple. To see the pagoda, you first enter the hall of Heaven' Kings. Then you will see the Sakyamuni Hall. But I'm not allowed to take the photo of the statue of Sakyamuni.

This is the pagoda. On the first floor is housed the statue of Sakyamuni. We are not allowed to take pictures on first floor.
This is the pagoda. On the first floor is housed the statue of Sakyamuni. We are not allowed to take pictures on first floor.

A close look at the upper part of the pagoda
A close look at the upper part of the pagoda

A close look at the lower part of the pagoda
A close look at the lower part of the pagoda

We are allowed to climb up to the second floor, only second floor. All the wooden stairs are quite steep. You have to take care! Once on the second floor, you can have a bird's eye-view of the surrounding areas. New buildings are everywhere. Old houses are still perched on the ground. Farmland, roads and running vehicles are all under your eyes.

Follow me to climb up. Watch out!
Follow me to climb up. Watch out!

On the second floor. In the middle is housed Godess of Mercy. But we are forbidden to take photos
On the second floor. In the middle is housed Godess of Mercy. But we are forbidden to take photos.

A bird-eye view of the park in front of the pagoda
A bird-eye view of the park in front of the pagoda

A bird-eye view of the surrounding old houses.
A bird-eye view of the surrounding old houses.

The temple at the back of the wooden Pagoda
The temple at the back of the wooden Pagoda

Finishing the visit to the pagoda, I go out on the imitation ancient streets. I'm not impressed by those fake old streets. You can find in many cities ib China, the similar imitation streets. My driver is waiting on the parking lot. I ask him to take a picture of me with his car as a kind of memory. He is happy to do it.





Homesick, I decide to take the afternoo long-distance bus back to Beijing instead of the overnight train starting from 23:00. I ask Mr. Xu first to go to the bus station. I'm lucky enough to get the 2:10PM Datong - Beijing ticket. Only half hour left for me to check out and come back from my hotel to the bus station. My driver suggests me to call the bus station to wait for a few minutes. To my surprise, the people from the bus station side are very kind and promised to wait for me! God helps me. I'm on the way home now! Bye, Datong! The 400-km distance takes about 5 hours' drive, safe and sound. Nice Trip!

The air-conditioned bus is quite comfortable. It is fully packed
The air-conditioned bus is quite comfortable. It is fully packed.

On the way home!
On the way home!

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