General Introduction

The Hanging Temple is located in Hengshan Mountain, the Northern Mountain of the Five Sacred Mountains in China. It attracts people by its natural views and man-made landscaping. The Hanging Temple was built in 491 in the reign of Beiwei Dynasty, has survived more than 1,500 years. This extant monastery was rebuilt in Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. There are now about 40 rooms and structures linked by a creative system of pillars, walkways and posts. There are totally over 80 religious statues of copper, iron, rock and clay.

Uniqueness

The Hanging Monastery is famous internationally both for its architecture and religious heritage because it is itself an architectural wonder!

  • A featuring mechanical theory was used to work on the building of the framework. The crossbeams were half-put inside the rock as the solid bade and the rock in back became its strong support.
  • It is its combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism! They live happily together, rarely seen in the world.

Climbing up the Hanging Monastery is not an easy job. The temple is hung up 50 meters above the ground. There are steep steps leading to the temple. There are narrow and steep stairs linking the three main structures hanging on the cliff. If you have some acrophobia, you are kindly advised not to climb up to the temple.