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11:10, January 16, 2013

Hanging Temple, China(中国悬空寺)

Hanging Temple, China(中国悬空寺)

The Hanging Temple, or Hanging Monastery, is a temple off a cliff (about 75 meters or 246 feet above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, China’s 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 for Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism in China. The construction counts over 40 halls and more than 80 Buddhist sculptures made of bronze, iron, stone and mud.

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

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, an architectural wonder, is popularly regarded as one of the most dangerous buildings in the world. Can you think of any other structures which seem to be in great peril? They were purposely and skillfully constructed at the riskiest of locations or sometimes just had their appearance altered to reflect a sense of danger and awe.

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