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Hanging Temple

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Coordinates (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geographic_coordinate_system): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/9a/Erioll_world.svg/18px-Erioll_world.svg.png39°39′57″N, 113°42′18″E (http://stable.toolserver.org/geohack/geohack.php?pagename=Hanging_Temple&params=39_39_57_N_113_42_18_E_type:landmark) The Hanging Temple (simplified Chinese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simplified_Chinese_character): 悬空寺; traditional Chinese (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Chinese_character): 懸空寺; pinyin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinyin): Xuánkong Sì) is a temple built into a cliff near Mount Heng (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Heng_(Shanxi)) in the province of Shanxi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanxi). The closest city is Datong (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datong), 65 kilometers to the northwest. Along with the Yungang Grottoes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungang_Grottoes), the Hanging Temple is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area. Built more than 1400 years ago, this temple is unique not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.

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The Hanging Temple


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The Hanging Temple


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Thunder Hall of Hanging temple


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Statues inside the temple