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The Magnificent Hanging Temple In Datong China

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Also known as the Hanging Monastery or Xuankong Temple, this architectural marvel was built into a cliff more than 1,500 years ago.  Located at the foot of Mt. Hengshan.  The Magnificent Hanging Temple is perched 246 feet above the ground.  It’s a perfect place to worship, meditate, and unwind.

The temple was built into a cliff to protect from flood, rain, snow, and sun.  The original structure had no crossbeams. These were added later and now appear to be the pillars.

This is a place of worship for Chinese religions such as Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.  It has 40 rooms and halls with over 80 religious statutes made of copper, iron, and clay.

By Zhangzhugang (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

By Zhangzhugang (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Zhangzhugang (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

By Zhangzhugang (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons 

By Zhangzhugang (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons