9-20-14 Shibaozhai

Saturday - Cruise to Shibao Zhai

The ship sailed this morning for Shibaozhai, built during the Ming Dynasty and considered one of the most exceptional architectural examples in the world. This vermilion 12-story pagoda stands impressively built into the side of a cliff face, rising almost 100 feet high, and was amazingly constructed without any nails. The tour highlighted the main attraction of the temple, with its traditional Chinese design. The structure is inspired by the mountains with patterns and figures that vary from odd to extraordinary. We climbed the stairs to experience the sights and take time to look at the paintings and sculptures on each level.
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