Welcome to Audacious Construction--Hanging Temple
With skillful design and audacious construction, the Hanging Temple stands vertically to the cliff, which gives the viewers a feeling that the peak of the cliff seems upside down. Facing south to Mt. Heng, the temple is under the crags and on the Cloughs, with red walls and gray tiles. Strew at random and spread in the air, it just like a little flying phoenix. The Hanging Temple was built on the Jinlong Valley at the foot of Mt. Heng, which is 80 kilometers away from Datong City. It is the only temple includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.
History and Culture
According to the History of Mt. Heng, the Hanging Temple was first built at the end of the Northern Wei Dynasty (about the sixth century). It has a history of more than 1,400 years. After many times of repairs, the Hanging Temple had a large scale, and became a rare high altitude building in China, known as a high building on cliff.
The Hanging Temple was designed skillfully and constructed audaciously. The method is to chisel a horizontal hole in the cliff, and then put a beam through the hole out of the cliff, at last put board and pillars on the beam to build various beam frames and roofs. Balusters are set around all the buildings outside the cliff. Looking from the top of the mountain, visitors can see some impending wooden poles under the buildings that are far from the cliff. These wooden poles are set to protect the buildings. The temple was arranged in random from north to south, with a bluff inside and devious plank roads built along the face of the cliff. Beam frames are harmonious up and down, and balusters are connected to each other, with appropriate density, like one integrated mass. Seen from the buildings, it looks as if facing an abyss; seen from the bottom of the valley, the cliff is lofty like a rainbow; seen from the opposite side over the valley; it looks like a young flying phoenix on the cliff. It is just like what the inscription on the cliff of plank roads reads; People are more creative than nature.
There are all sorts of inscriptions, poems and another 78 statues of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism made of copper, iron, clay and stone, which are valuable cultural craftworks.
Admission fee: 60RMB/person
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00
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