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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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  • We went to see Mt. Hengshan and on our way to the mountain are Hanging monasteries. Such an amazing view to look at. We were just amazed to see it from outside and we were just contented and we did no...  more »
  • I went in winter season: really cold, but the place invites meditation and enjoy the spectacle of the place. Those who have a fear of heights, it must be considered.
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  • Most hôtels in Datong propose visits to the monasteries. They are quite far (almost two hours to get there). Unfortunately, the guides only speak chinese.  more »