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Located in a canyon at the foot of the Mountain Heng in the province of Shanxi, and built in the later period of the Northen Wei Dynasty (368 – 534), the Hanging Temple hung in mid-air is a rare piece of architecture of its kind in China. It was listed as one of the 10 top architectural wonders of the world by the Time Magazine in Dec. 2010. The existing 400-hall/house/building/pavilions, all of wooden structure, are scattered around in different secluded spots or on steep cliffs between 26 and 50 meters from the bottom up. Constructed on mechanical principles, is stands propped up by hidden rocks corridor balustrades well connected together. Unique, difficult of access and ingeniously built, it is, as a local saying goes, hung by three horsetails suspending in the air. "Inside the temple are more than 80 bronze cast statues, iron cast statues, and clay sculptured statues and stone carvings banded down from different dynasties. Welcome to China for Canton Trade fair. HRC is pleasure to provide Guangzhou hotels booking and China Tour guide .

Coincidentally – embodied in the Monastery, according to local conditions and take full advantage of the natural state of the cliff to the layout and construction of the temple each part of the construction, the flat architecture of the typical temple layout, shape and construction gate, the bell tower, main hall, side hall and other three-dimensional space has a very compact design. Monastery of the existing variety of bronze, iron, clay, stone statues, a lot of style, the style as early period was characterized with high artistic value of the treasures. Monastery of the from the ground about 50 meters, the Kongsi development of our country’s architectural heritage and architectural style, its architectural features can be summarized as "strange, suspended, clever words. "Hanging" is another feature of the Monastery of the whole temple the total Diange 40, the face of it appears to support their more than a dozen root sized thick wooden pillars, in fact, some poles is not bound by force, so it was with Monastery, a half-day, three the horsetail air hanging "to describe the county empty Temple. But the real center of gravity stays in the hard rock, semi-plug fly beam-based use of mechanics.

The monastery is founded during the Northern Wei period (386-584) in the 6th century, boasting a history of over 1,400 years. An architectural complex was built on the base of the natural hollows and outcrops along the contour of the cliff. Over 40 halls and pavilions within an area of 152.5 square meters are connected each other by corridors, bridges, boardwalks. They are evenly distributed and well balanced in height. Inside the monastery are over 80 statues; some are cast with bronze, some with iron, some with clay and some are carved out of stone. Founders of Buddhism , Taoism and Confucianism are living friendly and harmoniously with each other.

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