East & Southeast Asia :: China
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Shibaozhai is a steep, rocky, and craggy hill on the bank of the Yangtze River, in Zhong county, Chongqing. A temple at the crest of the 220 m (722 ft) hill was built in the 18th century. A nine-story wooden pagoda was constructed in the 1819 to aid pilgrims in getting to the top of the hill. In 1956, three more stories were added. A coffer dam protects the site from higher river waters - the result of the Three Gorges Dam.
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