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Top 10 attractions in Shanxi, China (6)

(China.org.cn)

14:17, August 22, 2012

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No. 5: Hanging Temple

The Hanging Temple, or Hanging Monastery, is a temple on a cliff (about 75 meters or 246 feet above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Shanxi Province. The construction was built during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-557), and has a history of more than 1,400 years.

It is the only existing temple of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism in China. There are over 40 halls in the temple and more than 80 Buddhist sculptures made of bronze, iron, stone and mud.

The scientifically designed and skillfully built Xuankong Temple is "odd, suspended and wonderful". Completely built on the mountain cliff, it seems that the wood-structure temple is supported by the beams inserted into the chiseled holes in the cliff, but actually some of the beams don't bear the load at all.

Admission:
130 yuan (US$20.55)/person (summer);
125 yuan (US$19.76)/person (winter)

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