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Hanging Temple

Hanging Temple, located at the foot of Mt. Hengshan and 65 kilometers from Datong City, has a history of more than 1,400 years. It hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50 meters above the ground, hence the name.

Hanging Temple is an architectural wonder. unique mechanical theory was applied to building the framework, so that it clings to the cliff side, appearing to defy gravity with only a few wooden posts as support. The construction mixes mechanics, aesthetics, and Buddhism, which attracts many experts from countries including Britain, Germany, and Italy to come to see the temple.

The most interesting thing is that the temple belongs to all the three major religions in China: Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. In the temple, There is a hall where the main figures of all three, the sculptures of Sakyamuni, Confucius and Laotzu, are sitting together. Hanging Temple has 40 halls and cabinets, which contain about 80 sculptures made of copper, iron, terracotta, and stone.

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