Overhanging Temple

Overhanging TempleBeing the most outstanding Buddhist temples in China, Xuankong (Overhanging) Monastery is situated at the foot of the Hengshan Mountain, 80 kilometers away from Datong. The temple was first built in the late Northern Wei dynasty (386-534) in the 6th century and renovated three or four times afterwards.

Huge rocks loomed overhead, apparently liable to fall at any moment. The fragile path was strung out along the face of the cliff.  From the bottom you see range upon range of pavilions supported by dozens of wooden pillars. Entering the Overhanging Temple, people will be surprised by its half-house and half-cave inner structures. Overhanging Temple deserves a visit.

There were two reasons to construct the overhanging Temple here. One reason is because there used to be a vital center of communication in old times, it is necessary to build a temple along this route for the passing pilgrims.
The other reason is whenever there was a storm, there would be a terrible flood. In those days people believed that a golden dragon was the cause of all this trouble, so they thought a Buddhist temple can ward off the influence of the dragon.

Location: At the foot of Mt.Hengshan, southeastern suburb of Hunyuan County, Datong.
Entrance Fee: RMB 130(high season), RMB 120 (Low Season)
Opening Hours: 9:00-17:00
Transportation: Take long-distance bus from Datong Xinnan Bus Station to Hunyuan County.

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