In China’s Shanxi Province around 500km (300 miles) south west of Beijing is located The Hanging Temple (named Xuan Kong Si). This amazing structure is one of the most precarious structures in the world. Long wooden beams extend from the outer edge of the temple buildings down to holes chiseled into the massive rock face.
The construction appears to be so fragile that it only needs one good kick to send the entire temple complex tumbling 75 meters down to the valley below.
But history reveals another story. The Hanging Temple has managed to cling to its rock face for over 1,400 years now.
Today’s engineers from around the world came to this temple to study the extraordinary Hanging Temple’s architectural properties. The overall conclusion is: crossbeams inserted into the rock, both at the building’s base and roof, are critical to keep the Hanging Temple hanging. The way it was designed, the massive rock mountain holds the temple into it’s quite firm place.
The temple’s unlikely location was chosen by its Taoist builders for one main reason: the quiet location hich is ideal to meditate and searching the path to God.
The Taoist priest were (and, to some extent, still are) don’t want the ordinary hustle of life interfering with their religious quest. Unfortunately for them the temple is now a busy tourist attraction.