Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)

Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Datong

Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)

Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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The monastery was built on the cliffs of Mt. Hengshan, one of the five most sacred mountains in China. The caves and halls are connected by winding corridors and bridges.
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KW M
Belfast, UK542 contributions
Cool History
Jul 2021
This place is about 1.5 hours from Datong.

Very touristy outside with all the vendors.

We went on a Wednesday in July, got there about 11:00, tickets cost 230RMB for 2 of us, plus the ride there and back again. We bought our tickets at 11:18am, we then waited in line for 1.5 hours to go up and have a walk around the Temples. They only allow 50-110 people up at once, (so I’ve read, not sure which number is accurate). Go much earlier in the day, or later in the day if you want to avoid the long queues. We went back to our car just over 2 hours after we bought the ticket and the line was smaller, but still an easy 1 hour wait.

The Temples themselves while very interesting from an architectural/historical perspective, were somewhat disappointing as Temples go. They are all very small. I expected them to be similar to the Yungang caves and was disappointed in that regard.

Obviously if you have an issue with heights, don’t go. If you have little kids, don’t go. If you don’t trust yourself with heights, don’t go. There is a railing around the temple, but it is not even waist high. It is also very small and cramped in many places, careful if you are a larger person.

Once you’ve checked this place off your list, you never need to go back.

No issue recommending this place.
Written July 22, 2021
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Bettybooo
Birmingham Uk37 contributions
How did they build this!
Jul 2021
Amazing place. Like wandering around a dolls house for 10 year olds! Very small inside, not maybe for those who don't like heights, or under 5s who might go over the low barriers. Incredible they built managed to build this! Some debate about how long ago amongst our group! Visit soon, Numbers will have to be restricted, its so small and engineeringly precarious! May become a virtual tour at some point!
Written July 15, 2021
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Impressive cliff-hanging temple
Aug 2020
A spectacular ancient monastery built onto the mountain side. The original structure was built over 1,500 years ago, and in subsequent years expanded and repaired. It is held in place by wooden beams which were placed into holes chiseled into the mountain bedrock. No longer an active monastery,
Written October 1, 2020
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Franck88
Beijing, China75 contributions
Long way from Datong
Sep 2020
A bit disappointing as the road to go there from Datong is quite long... view is better in the morning as the sun is present.
Written September 26, 2020
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Linda C
Central Otago, New Zealand7 contributions
INCREDIBLE
May 2019
I had always wanted to travel here. We took a guided tour with Nancy of Nancy Tours. For me it was incredible to be there and hear the history. This site should be a UNESCO heritage site. Visit it while you can still walk thru it.
Written January 25, 2020
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Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
Amazing place
Nov 2019
After hearing a lot about the Hanging Temple from friends (who travelled with us) we were very much looking forward to seeing it for ourselves. We arrived by private car hire on a freezing windy morning, walked up a narrow path where a few of the locals had stalls, some were selling hot, delicious homemade fruit and nut bars as well as other items to view the temple and admission gates only to find that everything was closed and we had no option but to view the Temples from a lookout point. There was a lot of path and road construction above and below us and what looked like another newer Temple being built further up from the old Hanging Temple which looked neglected. Having said that and our disappointment with not being able to walk around the Temples we were still very glad that we saw, even from a distance this amazing and awe inspiring place!
Written January 11, 2020
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Trese
5 contributions
No longer accessible
Nov 2019
Loved this place for it's location and views but on our recent visit it was closed and has been abandoned. Even Chinese guides with foreign tourists in tow were shocked at it's closure. A whole new project is planned for the site and there was no indication of when it would be completed.
Written December 30, 2019
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downtherethunder
Fara Novarese, Italy41 contributions
Magic! Coming by someone who's afraid of heights! That says it all!
Nov 2019
Such a beautiful temple. The panorama from above is great too. Be sure to bring good shoes because in some parts the ground was a little slippery. Don't worry though, there's no chance of you falling down the temple! :) You also need to know that the entrance and the exit are in the same location, so you need to come back from where you got in. Make sure to follow the right paths for entry and exit or you might stumble across someone complaining when you climb down the stairs! :)
Written November 29, 2019
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ShuggieGlasgow
Glasgow40 contributions
Beautiful but crowded
Oct 2019
The Hanging Temple is just like the photos, holding on to a cliff seemingly on flimsy stilts. Relatively small but with some beautiful painted statues.
About 1 hour by taxi from Datong but definitely well worth the trip, Beautiful.
Written November 12, 2019
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Elias
14 contributions
Incredibly amazing
Oct 2019 • Couples
Wow....the Hengshan suspended templo is a must see. It’s amazing and one of most interesting things i have ever seen in my life.
You can buy a ticket to get close to the temple(15 rmb each) or to climb and actually go inside( around 130 rmb each). We went on October 30th and it was nice mainly because there were few people there. The climb up to to temple is short. Inside the temple big guys like myself have some difficulties when going to different floors(obviously was made for small people)
Don’t miss it!!!
Written November 8, 2019
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