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Xuankong Temple (hanging monastery) and Yungang Grottos, China

1,200 years ago, people sought solitude outside of the city and built a hanging temple. It was built into a rock cliff with narrow passageways and small rooms for prayer. A while back, the river in front of it was creeping higher and higher up the cliff so they dammed it up to preserve the temple.

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In the afternoon we went to the Yungang grottos. The grounds were beautiful but most of them were modern facilities. The caves were amazing though and contained enormous Buddha statues. They used to have even more Buddhas in them than they currently do.

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