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With history of over 1,500 years, Hanging Temple is built into a cliff (75m above the ground) at the foot of Mount Heng which is 80 kilometers away from Datong City, Shanxi province. The extant temple was largely rebuilt and maintained in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The structure is kept in place with oak crossbeams fitted into holes and chiseled into the cliffs. The main supportive structure is hidden inside the bedrock.
The perilous situation of Hanging Temple makes one feel dumbfounded. It is in a small basin of gorge hanging the whole architecture in the middle of cliff. The jut on the peak looks like an umbrella to protect the temple from the rain and the mountains around the temple reduce the irradiation of the sun, which are the important reasons for its well preserved.
The hanging Temple has established its unique position among the various temples with its characteristics of “peril, workmanship and miracle”.
Hanging Temple was enlisted in the most inclined architectures in the world by Times in December, 2010.