The Ancient Hanging Temples of Mian Mountain : Your Inner Monk Will Want to Go

    2. The high, cliff edge roads and magnificent gateways are just the beginning. (Image source: QQ.com)4. Winding mountain roads and paths lead you to the temples. (Image source: QQ.com)1. Visiting the mystical Mian Mountain temples is an experience of a lifetime. (Image source: QQ.com)3. The winding mountain roads and paths up to the various temples. (Image source: QQ.com)7. The sky bridge carries on around the cliff face to varies temples and buildings. (Image source: QQ.com)5. Buildings are stacked up the cliff, as are the layers of temples. (Image source: QQ.com)6. The sky bridge is over 900 feet long, 3 feet wide, and over 900 feet to the bottom of the valley. (Image source: QQ.com)8. The Dao yin and yang symbol high up on the cliff above the temple. (Image source: QQ.com)10. Bright orange, charmingly curved-to-a-point roof tops are just some of the architecture from the different dynasties to be seen. (Image source: QQ.com)11. Pathways near the bottom of the lush green valley. (Image source: QQ.com)

    Mian Mountain (绵山 /Myen Shan/ ‘Silky’ Mountain) is a unique location in China where Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism all left their mark, going back some 2,500 years. Hanging on miles and miles of steep cliff faces are numerous ancient temples from various dynasties, many of which remain hidden from sight.

    There are over thirty locations with hanging architecture wonders and temples ranging in style. 

    Travel tips: Located in Jiexiu City, Shanxi Province, Mian Mountain is 25 miles south of Pingyao and 99 miles south of Taiyuan. You can catch bus from Jiexiu, some travelers recommend hiring a car for the trip, or you can book a package tour. Set aside one to two days for travel and time to see all the main sites.

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