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Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)

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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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Hengshan, Datong, China
+86 137 5322 2325
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 April 2011

Hanging Monastery is located at the foot of Mt.Hengshan 65 kilometers from Datong City, hanging on the west cliff of a hill with over 50 meters above the ground, hence it is called the Hanging Monastery. The Hanging Monastery was first in 491. The present...More

13  Thank LorraineHongKong
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 7 June 2014

The Hanging Temple is gorgeously placed on a cliff face and stands as a testament to 16th century architecture and engineering, but it is still a death trap. My wife and I went with one friend over the May Day holiday in China. We were...More

6  Thank Bennett A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So very glad we were able to climb up to top ( one way traffic) . Heard it can be closed at different times. The stairs were extremely narrow & could be slippery so wear proper shoes. Could take many different views along the long...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Highlight of Datong. Must see. It’s a trek getting there on mountain roads with crazy cab drivers who split lanes but you can’t miss it! Architectural marvel!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a fantastic experience at the hanging temple. We climbed the easy stairs to the temple then went through it following the marked route. Duck your head if you’re tall and keep alert to the narrow steps. The view is special but second to...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We signed up on a foreigner-targeted group tour in WeChat called FCN (Laowai). I trusted the tour as I’ve been on quite a few trips with them. Our first stop was the hanging temple! It is a beautiful place with rich history, however, we were...More

1  Thank Fah C
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately the hanging temples are closed, as is the parking lot. You can take a picture from the street, but the temples are covered. It looks like a longer renovation ... we wanted to visit on 12th of September 2018. But instead we visited Mount...More

Thank 22gabib
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

The hanging temple is incredible. Built more than 1500 years ago, it is the only place where Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism representatives are located in the same prayer room. It makes u wonder how possibly the wooden structure like this survived harsh weather conditions for...More

1  Thank marcikopytko
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The Hanging Temple is an amazing stop. Even though the water has receded and when it was built is was not nearly as high up as it is today, it still a marvel to behold and walk through. I only call it "confusing" because what...More

1  Thank William H
Reviewed 24 August 2018

Really nice to see this amazing ancient temple. It is incredible how this temple has survived in all these years with war and cultural revolution. A must see site!

1  Thank globaltrotte
Reviewed 23 August 2018

very interesting temple in a beautiful place. but arrive as early as possible to avoid the lines. they are huge!!!

1  Thank WEidJr
Reviewed 20 August 2018

We arrived at 8:30am and went to the ticket office anticipating a senior discount. Even though we showed our ID, none was given. Our visit took about 1 1/2 hours from arrival to exit. It is hard to imagine how the idea to hang a...More

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5 July 2018|
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Response from rosebourke | Reviewed this property |
Definitely !!! And there’s plenty of time to fit the both into the one day
8 September 2016|
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Response from cckvan2010 | Reviewed this property |
not that we are aware of there may be restrictions as to how many can go up at a time, but you can go up as many times as you want. There are other areas below that you can visit also.
24 August 2016|
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Response from rhysw552016 | Reviewed this property |
oops - I forgot about the times....which are available on the internet for anyone with a computer... this also give you more information about time and distances....(costs is there too but if you're over 60 its... More