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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  • Very nice view. Superb very well preserved monument. It is very easy to access even for children. See... absolutely!
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  • It is what it is, a temple built on the side of a mountain. On the same trip I also went up the close by mountain and hiked for 3 hours. THAT hike was awesome. There were several temples and monasteri...  more »
  • The visit to this temple was one of the most intense experiences of my trip to China. Viewed from below it is incredible and to visit it even more inside.
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