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7 reviews of Xuankong Hanging Temple

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Well worth visiting

I suggest this place for anyone who's in the Beijing area. Without having to go to the opposite end of China, there are plenty of lesser-known places no on the typical tourist trail, but well worth visiting. The Hengshan Hanging Temples are one of those places.

It's located in the outskirts of Datong, which is not a really notable city. In fact, it was probably the least-interesting city in visited in China. But the Hanging Temples and the Yuggang grottoes more than justify the visit. To get there, you can go to one of the small towns in the area and just take a taxi, or you can go on one of the day-trips organized by CTIS in Datong, which also includes the grottoes. It just depends on your taste for adventure!

There are trains and buses running from Beijing to Datong. The bus is a bit quicker (only 4 hours), but a lot of people opt for the overnight train which leaves you in Datong first thing in the morning. If you're headed towards Xian, I'd recommend stopping here.
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Oone of the most impressive temples in china

The Hanging Temple in Datong is one of the most impressive temples in China. It's near the city of Datong in Shanxi province (6hr. bus ride from Beijing), and is worth a weekend trip to see the temple and the caves in Datong. The temple is built on a mountain surrounded by cliffs. If you head to the top, there are amazing views of the valley.

The temple is Buddhist, but the impressive part is more on the outside than on the inside. If you don't believe me, just check out the photos. Keep in mind that it's a ways out of the city and it's not so easy to get there. It's best to have the name of the temple written in Chinese and take a taxi from Datong.

Amazing monastery

This temple is not in Datong, but about 70 miles away. It is, without a doubt, which attracts tourists to this part of the world. During my visit in the middle of January, I paid 300 yuan (30 euros) for a driver for the day, and it took two hours of road chaos to reach the temple. The view is really outstanding. The temple was built in the rugged mountains and arid, but the monastery itself is nothing exceptional.

Since I was visiting during the wintertime, I was the only visitor in the place. In my opinion, depending on the crowds, the 2 hour drive may not always be worth it, unless it's a passion. However, if you stay more than 1 day in Datong, which was not my case, then of course it makes sense for you to make the trip. Admission is € 5.5 at least.
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One of the five sacred taoist mountains

On our tour of the "Silk Road" long (45 days) as intense as interesting, we decided to include places rarely visited in the more conventional travel, so start this journey through China. A great trip for share, home to the spectacular "Xuankong Yes" in a landscape of spectacular beauty, lovely to come from Datong. With fantastic caves, meandering streams in our way and in the distance, like an unreal vision is shown in its splendor literally hanging from the rocks of a reef and caught by long wooden poles to the side; THROUGH techniques drilling of holes. It is this "Hanging Temple of Hengshan" Wei Dynasty in the S: V which was restored in 1900, hanging 50-mt land on the cliff above the river Heng! it used to flood. Defying gravity and vertigo, of which Through his passages, winding corridors and gateways we walk this maze of temples 40 and several meeting halls supported by wooden pillars. Accessed by a bridge to a stone staircase carved into the cliff from where a stunning view of the environment is obtained, in the foothills of the Taihang Mountains, another dream come true. The temple is dedicated to the three religions "Taoism - Confucianism - Buddhism" three sitting together, the three philosophies coexisting in the temple, along with many polychrome statues and pretty worn, but nice. Along with sculptures and carved in stone, terracotta, bronze and iron around 80 figures; are those of the founders of the three religions of China: Sculptures of Lao-Tzu - Confucius and Sayamuni. Wise decision, show tolerance for harmony!

Una de las cinco montañas sagradas taoistas

En nuestro viaje de la "Ruta de la Seda" largo (de 45 días) tan intenso como interesante, decidimos incluir lugares que pocas veces se visitan en los viajes mas convencionales, así que inicio esta andadura por China.

Un gran viaje para compartirlo, que alberga el espectacular " Xuan kong Si " en un paisaje de espectacular belleza, una maravilla para acercarse desde Datong.

El Taoismo , fundado por Lao Tse , reconoces cinco montañas sagradas y magicas . Esta seria la montaña del norte del Taoismo .La ladera del monte Cuiping , donde de una manera desafiante a la gravedad ,sobre el río ¡ un modesto monasterio me tiene hechizada , desde que supe de su existencia !

Con fantásticas cuevas, arroyos serpenteantes a nuestro paso en un valle impresionante y a lo lejos , como de una visión irreal se muestra en su esplendor colgando literalmente de las rocas de un arrecife y agarrado por largos postes de madera a la ladera; a través de las técnicas de perforación de hoyos.

Se encuentra este " Templo Colgante de Hengshan " Dinastía Wei , construido en 491 en el S:V que en 1.900 fue restaurado, colgando a 50-mt del suelo al borde del acantilado, sobre el ¡río Heng! que lo solía inundar.

Desafiando la gravedad y el vértigo, de los que a través de sus pasadizos, sinuosos corredores y pasarelas vamos recorriendo este laberinto de templos unos 40 pabellones y varias salas apoyadas en pilares de madera.

Al que se accede por un puente hacia una escalera de piedra esculpida en la pared del acantilado, desde donde se obtiene unas vistas increíbles del entorno, de las estribaciones de la cordillera de Taihang, otro sueño hecho realidad.

El templo esta dedicado a las tres religiones "Taoismo - Confucionismo - Budismo" los tres sentados juntos, las tres filosofias conviviendo en el templo, junto a muchas estatuas policromadas ya bastante desgastadas, pero bonitas.

Junto con esculturas y figuras talladas en piedra, en terracota, bronce y hierro alrededor de 80; se encuentran las de los fundadores de las tres religiones de China : Esculturas de Lao-Tzu - Confucio y Sayamuni conversando .

¡Sabia decisión, mostrar la tolerancia religiosa para conseguir la armonía en el mundo !
E.Sonia Requejo Salces
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In the morning light, the rolling cou...

In the morning light, the rolling countryside exudes serenity under a clear sky, and then, at the entrance of a gorge, it is there, overhanging air and slender: amazing! While the tourist attraction now, at the foot of the site, paved parking stand where a few shops, but the vision of religious nest hugged the visitor. Since 1400 years, the temple was in frail wood, is suspended in a vacuum. The curves of its roofs stand out from the sacred mountain where Heng hung Taoist monks. The visit increases perilous printing and we begin to hope that the security team has tested the strength of long beams and their supports. The cliff is excavated several caves. This cave site has served as both an inn and a place of worship for pilgrims. By narrow stairs we climbed from room to room, admiring wooden panels painted and glazed tiles. At this height, it dominates the entire valley and the elevation of the soul is tangible as the place of religious syncretism meets Buddha, Confucius and Laozi in the same chapel. A sense of peace and wisdom emanates from these secular pieces balconies bathed in light: we can not imagine a more serene retreat ...

Dans la lumière matinale, la campagne vallonnée respire la sérénité sous un ciel pur, et puis, à l'entrée d'une gorge, il est là, en surplomb, aérien et gracile : époustouflant ! Certes, l'attrait touristique a maintenant, au pied du site, asphalté un parking où se dressent quelques boutiques, mais la vision de ce nid religieux étreint le visiteur.
Depuis 1400 ans, le temple, sur de frêles étais de bois, est suspendu dans le vide. Les courbes de ses toitures se détachent de la montagne sacrée de Heng où l'ont accroché des moines taoïstes. La visite accroît l'impression périlleuse et l'on se prend à espérer qu'une équipe de sécurité a bien testé la solidité des longues poutres et de leurs appuis. La falaise est creusée de quelques grottes. Ce site troglodytique a servi à la fois d'auberge et de lieu de culte pour les pèlerins. Par d'étroits escaliers on se hisse de salle en salle, admirant panneaux de bois peints et tuiles vernissées. A cette hauteur, on domine toute la vallée et l'élévation de l'âme est tangible d'autant que le syncrétisme religieux du lieu réunit Bouddha, Confucius et Laozi dans la même chapelle. Une impression de paix et de sagesse émane de ces pièces séculaires aux balcons baignés de lumière : on ne saurait rêver plus sereine retraite…
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Warning, this temple is not in datong...

Warning, this temple is not in Datong, but 70km away. It is likely that you will address in Datong even offer to go there, because it's probably why your no tourists have brought you to the land. At the time, in the middle of January, I paid 300 yuan (30 euros) for a driver for the day, and I went to this temple in two hours of bumpy roads. The site is actually fantastic, the temple is built on the steep slopes of high mountains and arid, but the monastery itself, if not its design, is nothing exceptional though. Having made a visit in the winter, I was the only visitor at the scene. If the person I was traveling with was excited about places I've found that a two-hour road for 1/2 hour visit ... it's not necessarily worth it. I said if you stay more than one day in Datong, which was not my case, doing the obligatory tour, otherwise ... feel free to judge, knowing that the entry will be charged 5 at least 5 euros.

Attention, ce temple ne se trouve pas à Datong, mais à 70km de là. Il est fort probable que l'on vous aborde à Datong même pour vous proposer d'aller là-bas, car c'est sûrement pour cela que vos pas de touristes vous auront amené sur ces terres.
A l'époque, en plein mois de janvier, j'avais payé 300 yuans (30 euros) pour un chauffeur pour la journée, et j'étais allé dans ce temple en deux heures de routes chaotiques. Le site est effectivement exceptionnel, le temple étant bâti sur les flanc de hautes montagnes escarpées et arides, mais le monastère en lui-même, si ce n'est sa conception, ne représente rien de bien exceptionnel. Ayant fait la visite en hiver, j'étais le seul visiteur sur les lieux.
Si la personne avec qui je voyageais a été enthousiasmé par lieux, j'ai trouvé que faire deux heures de routes pour 1/2 h de visite...ça ne valait pas forcément la peine. Je me dit donc que si vous restez plus de 1 jour à Datong, ce qui n'était pas mon cas, faîtes obligatoirement l'excursion, sinon...libre à vous de juger, sachant que l'entrée vous sera facturée 5,5 euros au moins.
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Xuankong Hanging Temple Phone Number
+86 352 832 7795
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Xuankong Hanging Temple Opening Hours
mon 8:00 - 18:00
tue 8:00 - 18:00
wed 8:00 - 18:00
thu 8:00 - 18:00
fri 8:00 - 18:00
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