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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  • Small atypical temple in the rock. The visit is fast enough when it is not crowded. However I find the price a bit expensive (117 RMB).
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  • We were so glad that we visited this site, It truly is a magnificent feat of achievement for the Chinese. You have to climb quite a lot of stairs to get up to the first level of the temple and you wou...  more »
  • What a place! To the South of Datong, on the road leading to the divine Pingyao, a stop not to be missed under any circumstances! This monastery on the mountain side is just awesome, beauty, serenity, of architectural daring. What pleasure of small corridors overhanging (if you have Vertigo, think before y go..), moreover in February with almost no tourist, this grand place just for you, to make the shots that they envy you! (attention, in some photos are not allowed)
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