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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  • August 17, 2017
    Very nice site, in a beautiful setting, unfortunately took assault by tourists because it is really unique. We hesitated to include Datong in our circuit but after his visit we regret not being able to stay q' a day because there are a lot of things to see and take the time to discover them because they are really unique.
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  • August 8, 2017
    This temple is very impressive. It's built into the cliffs. Visiting is nothing for the faint hearted as it is all a wooden construction that is built hundreds of years ago and the wobble while walkin...  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Beautiful and impressive that this is already 1500 years ago. The queues are also impressive. It seems the Efteling though. The monastery is quite small and the ride from datong best long (1.5 hours), so combine the visit with something else.
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