The world's tallest wooden pagoda in north China will not prohibit visitors while being repaired.
Built in 1056, the pagoda in Yingxian County, Shanxi Province, has become fragile after weathering climatic changes, numerous earthquakes and cannon attacks.
China is now repairing the pagoda with technicians. Chai Zejun, vice-chairman in charge of the restoration project, said an elevated platform will be built for visitors to have a close look at the pagoda and the repair work as well.
Standing 65.86 meters tall, the octagonal pagoda, is not only the tallest but the oldest existing wooden pagoda in China. The pagoda is 115 years older and 11.36 meters taller than the renowned Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
A panel of experts was sent to examine its condition last year. According to the report written by the panel, the pagoda, known as Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, is on the verge of being destroyed by strong winds or an earthquake.
Zhang Wenbin, director of the State Bureau of Cultural Heritage, has promised that the Chinese government is determined to save the pagoda at all costs.
(People’s Daily 03/19/2001)