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Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Datong

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Architectural Building Religious Site
Explore the architectural wonder known as Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), which has defied decay, storms, and dangerous winds for more than a millennia. With an immaculate mix of aesthetics, religion, and constructional mechanics, the gravity-defying monastery represents one of China's great cultural achievements as it hangs off a cliff face. Explore the Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian attractions hidden amid 40 halls and cabinets. Inspect the carved sculptures made of iron, stone, copper, and, inevitably, terra-cotta. Because of applied Taoist principles during construction, notice how the entire monastery remains silent. Prepare to walk up and down a lot of narrow steps during your visit. Put Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) into our Datong vacation builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Datong.
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  • The site is breathtaking. It was very crowded when we were there and it took a lot of time to go through, not really worth it, but a must see from a distance!  more »
  • A very memorable sight in our recent trip to China - I'm so glad to have experienced it. It's stunning when you see it from below....but that fact that you can still walk around it, high up, precariou...  more »
  • Just an amazing experience...the site is something that really takes your breath away. I reached the temple by taxi and it was very easy to find one. As soon as you leave Datong railway station it's p...  more »

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As well as restoring and recreating its historical sites in recent years, Datong has been building hotels. Fairly evenly spread across what is a fairly small and non-residential urban area, you'll find a number of hotels offering standard and luxury options, with some high-rises providing good views of the ordered streets of the city. Budget-friendly options can be found off the main boulevards throughout Datong, and include guesthouses, the odd youth hostel, and budget hotels.
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