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    Posted August 9, 2014 by
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    Datong's Hanging Monastery

     
    Imagine a temple built 1500 years ago with elements from Buddhism, Taoism and Confucian. A very picturesque temple, narrow and sparse on internal space. Now imagine that same temple elevated 75 metres above ground, not a high-rise, not sitting on top of a mountain but built into the cliff face of the mountain and held in place with wooden logs. That is the Hanging Monastery; a place that is not often thought about when people think about travelling in China.
    As we climb this ancient piece of architecture, it crosses our minds - would the structure hold us??! So fortunately, due to fewer visitors, we had the confidence to climb and climb. Although a little unnerving as the winds are fierce and blowing a-gale - step too close to the ledge and that would’ve been our quickest route back to the coach!
    A visit here is an experience to remember. It is one of those places that will make time stop for a few seconds.

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