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Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Datong

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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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  • Visit this place before it becomes too well known as the temple itself is relatively fragile and precariously clings to the cliff side. This is a bit of a hidden gem in the midst of a coal blighted pa...  more »
  • Easiest to hire a driver as costs are reasonable, especially when a vehicle is shared. Visited this Temple in 1983 for the first time - and it still feels incredible to squeeze through small stairwell...  more »
  • This temple is on the side of the mountain! Most temples are not. Such a different style temple to walk through. It's crowded and the pathways are small but it is a good way to test your patience and ...  more »