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Coordinates: 39°39′57″N 113°42′18″E / 39.66583°N 113.705°E / 39.66583; 113.705 The Hanging Temple The Hanging Temple or Hanging Monastery (simplified Chinese: 悬空寺; traditional Chinese: 懸空寺; pinyin: Xuánkong Sì) is a temple built into a cliff (75 m or 246 ft above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, in the province of Shanxi, China. The closest city is Datong, 65 kilometers to the northwest. Along with the Yungang Grottoes, the Hanging Temple is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. History According to the history of Hengshan Mountain, construction of the temple started at the end of the Northern Wei Dynasty by only one man, a monk named Liao Ran. Over a history of more than 1,600 years many repairs and extension led to its present day scale. Building Method The temple is supported on cantilevers. Horizontal holes are chiseled into the cliff face then square beams are inserted and wedged firmly in place. The beams support the boards, frames and pillars of the temple. Balusters are set around all the buildings outside the cliff. There are many vertical wooden poles under the buildings that appear to be supporting the temple but they are purely decorative and do not carry substantive loads. References Hanging Temple, Class II Protected Sites in China, from Retrieved d.d. Januari 1, 2010. The Hanging Temple The Hanging Temple A statue inside the temple Thunder Hall of Hanging temple Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Hanging Monastery This Shanxi location article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. v • d • e