This forgotten old city in Shanxi Province is largest remaining brick and wood building in China, but few tourists know it.
Different people choose different scenic spots when they are going to have fun. Some people like to climb mountains and play in water. They would rather go to places with mountains and rivers to see mountains >Some people like to play in coastal places, they like to watch sea and romantic sunset at sea, so they go to Qingdao, Xiamen, Zhanjiang and other places.
Some people enjoy visiting ancient cities in interior. For example, they like to visit places with many ancient cities, such as Terracotta Army and Shaanxi, to immerse themselves in charm of history. .
If you like to see historical relics and view historical stories, then Shanxi City is a great place for you. When going to Shanxi, people can go directly to famous Pingyao Ancient City, Yanmen Pass, Yungang Grottoes and other scenic spots.
However, there is such an ancient city that is often forgotten by people. It houses largest existing brick and wood building in our country.While these reputations sound loud,But But's Popularity is not too high. What is this building? Let's take a look together.
This building is called Bianjinglou, located in Yingzhou, Shanxi, and is now called Yingxian. It is unlike other ancient buildings located at foot of mountains or in a sparsely populated area, This building is located in center of county, The streets are full of people coming and going and filled with a modern atmosphere. Next to building, this ancient building shows its simplicity and sublimity.
Many ancient buildings rose straight out of ground, but this building is different. There is a tall platform underneath building to support it. The platform is made of brick and cement and has a large north-south doorway that is suitable for vehicles to pass through.
At top of platform is a real building, which is made of wood, whether its body, doors, windows or roof, everything is made of noble wooden materials, after hundreds of thousands of years of wind and rain, it will not corrode and collapse.
The platform under building is very high, about nine meters, stands next to road and looks at platform, very spectacular. Around base of platform there will be green plants and flowers, and local old people will play chess here, chat and drink tea.
There is a wooden ladder to side of platform. Climb up and you can go to entrance on first floor of Bianjing building. But to go up, you need to buy a ticket, which costs about 20 yuan. The exact price depends on actual situation. Climbing up wooden stairs, first floor of Bianjing building slowly appears in front of you.
Standing on platform in front of building, you can see many buildings in area, all of which are modern buildings, including shopping malls, office buildings, schools, residential areas, parks and rivers, etc. Looking in distance, you can see Tuo Yanmen Pass and its surrounding towers, rivers and mountains in distance.
Standing next to a building, observe these wood materials closely. After many years of wood materials, exquisite patterns and carvings are clearly visible that do not fade over time.
Going to first floor, you will see an empty hall with some cultural relics inside, such as stone lamps protected by glass boxes. The first floor has fewer things, dim light and is cooler. . However, due to protection of wooden building, 2nd and 3rd floors are closed to tourists.
It is a pity that tourists cannot climb observation decks on 2nd and 3rd floors. If you can go up to 2nd and 3rd floors, then view will be wider. See further buildings and overlook entire district.
It's good to walk along platform on ground floor. On a sunny day, mountains are visible in distance. To north of it is Yanmen Pass, which is very majestic.
You can also take a look at this old stone city wall, which is different from modern brickwork. Looking up, entire wooden building looks even more majestic under blue sky.
If you don't want to keep visiting this Bianjing Tower, you can go to other scenic spots nearby. In another part of district there is a famous pagoda called Ashoka Pagoda, which is fifth group of national units for protection of key cultural relics in this district.
The entire body of tower is conical, From bottom to top, from width to narrowness,The entire body of tower is made of bricks. According to legend, this tower has a long history and was built during Sui Dynasty, later it was destroyed during war, and tower we see now was built during Yuan Dynasty.
It is located in a large courtyard, surrounded by beautiful nature, with green plants, flowers, fences, and tower is located in center of green trees, flowers and stairs. This is a solid tower, that is, middle is also bricked up, people cannot go inside to look at it, but can only look at its outer body of tower.
Its area is not very large, but tower has a height of more than 20 meters. If you look closely, you can see surface of pagoda.There are many exquisite carvings and Buddha statues. Pious people will worship Buddha or pay homage to every major festival.
I don't know if you are interested in Shanxi with its historical atmosphere. If so, here you will find many old buildings, old streets and ancient cultural relics, and you will see these things filled with old age. It seems to be in a dialogue with history , as if in a dialogue with ancients,The existence of these buildings also allows us to better understand plots of history and culture.