The Hanging Monastery (Temple Suspended in the Air or Void) of Hunyuan County, Shanxi Province is one of China's unique and remarkable feats of architectural engineering. Sited about 50 mi (80 km) southeast of Datong, it is built about a third of the way up a vertical cliff in Jinlong Guan (Golden Dragon Gorge or Canyon), part of the long Hengshan (Heng mountain), one of the four sacred Taoist mountains. The monastery was founded during the Northern Wei period (386-584) in the 6th century, although much was reconstructed from the Tang through the Qing eras, as well as in more recent times.
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The Xuankong temple, lie under the foot of Hengshan Mountain, the Xuankong temple was established in later stage of Northern Wei Dynasty, about 1400 years ago. Rebuild in successive dynasties, but the original structure has not changed. In the numerous temples of China, the unsettled temple of Hengshan Mountain in Shanxi deserves to be called the wonderful building. The general temple is all built on level land, but this Xuankong temple is built on overhanging cliff, hang it in midair. Its design philosophy is very splendid, its building of arts are very high.Oxford University
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Xuankong, or Suspended Temple, lies 5 kilometers east of the city of Yang- yuan, between the two peaks of the Beiyue-Hengshan Mountains. The temple has a history of more than 1,400 years. About 40 buildings survived are scattered halfway up the mountain on the cliff face or slopes, from 26 to 50 meters above the foot of the mountain. The temple buildings which seem to be hanging in midair on the cliffs are unique in structure. Within the temple are numerous pictures and 78 color statues made of copper, iron or stone.
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The complex consists of forty caves, or rooms, including six main halls, but its characteristic feature is the elaborate wooden façade of pavilions and walkways precariously resting on timbers jutting out horizontally and vertically from the cliff. There are colorful tiles on the roofs. Inside the caves are a number of Buddhist figures in bronze, stone, clay and iron. Although built on a sacred Daoist mountain, it has had many influences on it. The Three Religions Hall (San Jiao Dian) reflects the syncretic element of the Chinese religious and philosophical tradition. Xuankong Si Temple travel It contains the seated images representing the Buddha, Confucius and Laozi, seemingly in perfect harmony with each other. Most of the caves were closed over during a wintry November day when this writer visited, but there were few other visitors, so it was an unhurried visit.