If you are planning a tour of China and want to experience a lot of historical culture, then one of the best areas to visit would be Shanxi province. This province has an extremely rich history and multiple areas to see ancient religious sites. This one in particular, The Hanging Monastery is truly amazing!

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Of course, when we arrived there at the end of January it was really freezing!

The great part about this is it is almost void of people. The downside is of course you wouldn’t even think about hiking around the rest of the mountain area. Even if you only visit the monastery, you still need to pay the full price for the park entry fee at the main gate. The only way to reach this area is by car or bus. We had Jane’s wonderful uncle to chauffeur us, 谢谢你!

The structure is literally suspended from the side of the cliff, protected by the elements by the large overhang above. Climbing along the wood decks is not for the faint of heart or those scared of heights…so traveler beware. This kind of human creation is truly awe inspiring!

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The monastery has seen multiple different forms of worship throughout the ages as witnessed by the small rooms filled with intricately carved statues. If my hands hadn’t felt like they were going to fall off, I could have sat there in meditation for a couple of hours!

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