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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
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Reviewed today via mobile

Wow! A hidden gem. About 1 hour's drive from Datong. Perched up on the hillside, it doesn't take long to access. Range of great photos showing the site in different seasons. Precariously sits on stilts and the route through is tricky in places with very...More

Thank ianbartlett6621
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a little away from beaten tracks but it is worth wile. You can feel and smell that is really old. And what magnificent carvings you can see real close.

Thank NiShengmo
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not especially afraid of heights but this place is on another level. The shaky railing came up to my knees and after that it was a 75m drop off the cliff. Great site.

Thank paul r
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travel China Guide recommended we visit Datong - to see The Hanging Temple & the Grottoes. They were so right - both have wow factor. They supplied us with a very knowledgeable local guide, Miller & we spent a day visiting these 2 places after...More

Thank Pam Q
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not trying to be cynical but the best is looking at it from below. We had a great time chilling out in the valley and just soak it all in over a cup of tea. Sheer cliffs raise up above you and it is nice....More

Thank femmemme
Reviewed 8 June 2018

We are so glad we visited this site. A bit scary climbing up as the structure looks a bit like its going to collapse any minute. Take lots of pictures. Dam adjacent is also a photo opportunity.

Thank beijingheart
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Totally worth the trip from Beijing. We went in a sleeping train, and it was pretty safe. We arrive pretty early and book a taxi on site. All negociable. We spent 300yuan on a daily tour to the hanging temple and yugang grottoes, in a...More

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Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful place - long history. I recommend early morning as it’s true you do get the light on the temple & better photos, not so many people & it’s not too hot. We had a guide, it was nice as we learned more about the...More

Thank Denise M
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Some parts don't quite meet the health and safety standards we might be used to outside of Asia but it's part of the fun! This place is amazing and the reason we scheduled a trip to Datong. About 50mins drive out of Datong city or...More

Thank Vixter247
Reviewed 29 May 2018

We spent a couple of days at Datong and got a private tour guide to take us to this place - This structure was built over 1,500 years ago and still in fairly good stage. Only 60 people can climb it at one time and...More

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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 Val C | 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