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Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
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Datong Full-Day Tour: Hengshan Hanging Temple and Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda
Ranked #2 of 65 things to do in Datong
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Owner description: 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.
Tangerang, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2013 via mobile

its very amazing see that building hanging in giant rock for long time... but the building already very old and the structure not in best condition to alot of people go inside.. must very be carefull

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Amazing architecture”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We were in awe to see this in real and it's amazing how the temple can defy gravity and withstand the years on the cliff. The view at the top of the temple is absolutely fantastic. It can get a bit tricky going up the temple during the peak period but it's definitely worth the effort. A definite must-go!

Visited August 2012
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“Closed for renovation (for one month?). Now not worth the ticket (30 RMB)”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

The temple is amazing and the building breathtaking (ca.1h drive from Datong Airport, 60km). But due to recent heavy rains the access is limited to the first space just after the ticket office. No way to go to the temple or near to it. Yes, the ticket is now reduced (30 RMB currently vs. 124 RMB standard price for foreign visitors) but there are no signs outside for tourists that the access to the temple is closed (the bridge that allows you to follow the path to the temple can't be crossed now). And the pictures you can take now after the entrance are the same you could take from the bridge located just before the ticket office. So now I doubt it's worth to pay for the ticket.
Please try to be informed prior to your visit if the temple has been re-opened. Surely it will be worth the visit once it's completely open, but now Datong has many other attractions to offer.

Visited July 2013
6 Thank mcboit
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Durban, South Africa
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“Nervy but breathtaking”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

The hanging temple was about 2 hours by taxi from Datong, but hiring the taxi to do this was not expensive. When you see this structure pined to the cliff face, you think ,am i going to go up there! When you are up there the view is great across to the dam and of the valley. The temple is a sequence of narrow rooms and corridors, shrines and narrow stairways. Looking down at the wooden poles supporting it all, well. The structure is ornate and for us the reason to go to Datong. We Thought it was great.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank MORREY
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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Hurry up if you want to climb it”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

When I first saw it after a long bus ride, I thought this must be one of the craziest architecture I had ever been to and it was also crazy that they let so many people jam pack in a not very big and fragile structure. It was like disaster in waiting. But despite all those thoughts, I didn't hesitate to take a once in a life time chance to climb it.
It was amazing. All the time and trouble spending on the trip to this temple was justified.
I was told that they might forbid the climbing in a few years. So you'd better do it soon.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank arayaBKK
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