Introduction to Hanging Temple (悬空寺)
The Hanging Temple is situated at the foot of the mountain Henshan and is one of the most famous attractions of Datong. The temple is situated 80 kilometers from the city Datong. The building of the monastery was started by a monk named Liao Ran, more than 1,400 years ago. The buildings of the temple hang along the mountains side with elevations higher altitude from south to north. The construction method was to install a beam in the horizontally drilled holes in the rock. Then the floors and the columns to support the roof were planked on these beams. The Hanging Monastery has more than 40 rooms.
Hunyuan County, Datong, Shanxi Province (at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, 65 kilometers from Datong downtown)
South Pavilion, North Pavilion, Long-line Bridge, Buddhist, Taoist and Confucianist culture, 40 halls and cabinets, 80 sculptures from three different religions
Opening Hours: 8:30am~5:30pm (November to May), 8:00am~6:00pm (June to October)
Admission Fee: 130 yuan
Visiting Time: 2 hours
Best Time to Visit: March to October (when the climate is temperate and it is not that windy and sandy there)
Take coach from Datong Bus Station or Xinnan Coach Station to Hunyuan County, or hire a van from Datong to Hanging Temple directly (about 50 yuan).
1. The Wooden Pagoda and Hanging Temple are both far from Datong downtown so it is better to hire a van if you would like to visit these two sites together.
2. Be careful to change your clothes accordingly while visit Hanging temple, for the temperature is quite difference there between day and night.
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