Temple Hanging from a Cliff
This 1400-year-old temple contains statues of Confucian, Buddhist and Daoist gods in stone, iron and bronze. Many temples in China are similarly ecumenical, bringing together the 3 major religions of the country. The temple was located at a critical pass on a trade route. It is beside a river that is now dammed, but was once prone to flooding. Hanging the temple from the side of the cliff kept it safe from rising waters.
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Posted August 13, 2010