Hanging Temple

The Hanging Temple is located on the crag of Jinlongkou west cliff at the foot of Hengshan Mountain, 5 kilometers to the south from Hunyuan County, Shanxi Province. Travel to Hanging Temple, you can see the gorgeous Chinese architecture and the wisdom of ancient Chinese people. Since it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50 meters above the ground, it is called Hanging Temple. The extant monastery was built in Ming Dynasty and rebuilt in Qing Dynasty, totally has a history of 1400 years above. The Hanging Temple includes Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Inside the monastery, the sculptures of Sakyamuni, Confucius and Laotzu appear together, which is unusual. There are 40 halls and cabinets, which contain about 80 sculptures made of copper, iron, terracotta, and stone.
Why build a monastery like this? Location is the first reason; building a monastery on cliff could shield it from floods. In addition, the mountain peak protects it from rain and snow; and the mountain around it also diminishes damage from long-time sunshine. The second reason is that the builders followed a principle in Taoism: no noises, including those from rooster crowing and dog baying; so from upper ground, all noises drop away. Here's some guide information in your travel of Hanging Temple: Address: Hongyuan County,Datong City,Shanxi Province. Contact number: 0086-0351-7220345 Admission Fee: CNY61(including CNY1 for insurrance) Opening Hours: 08:00 to 18:00

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