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. Arrange your visit to Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) and discover more family-friendly attractions in Datong using our Datong online journey planner .
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  • This is just one of those must see amazing constructions that are made in ancient time. Just to be her, thinking about the people that actually builds this and what tools they had available, and then ...  more »
  • beautiful, impressive and very fine if you look up when you arrive, however when I was up, I got the hot. so high without protection (small low wooden fence between my and very deep valley) that I wanted and I was happy that the Chinese could fall. However, the details of and skill with which it is built as long as apply is impressive. recommended
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