November 27, 2010

Hanging Temple in Mount Hengshan,China

The Hanging Temple or Hanging Monastery  is a temple built into a cliff (75 m or 246 ft above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, in the province of Shanxi, China. The closest city is Datong, 65 kilometers to the northwest. Along with the Yungang Grottoes, the Hanging Temple is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.

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