Mention of the monastery, you will usually see such a picture in your mind. The mountains and forests are quiet, winding paths lead to seclusion, and ancient trees are towering. Just the environment is enough to calm your mind. However, there are also some special temples, which are located between the cliffs and are called “hanging temples”. Most of them are located in the north. The most famous one is the hanging temple in Hengshan, Shanxi. However, there is also a hanging temple in the south of the Yangtze River.
The Hanging Temple in the south of the Yangtze River is located in Daciyan, more than 20 kilometers southwest of Jiande City, Zhejiang Province. It is the only Hanging Temple in the south of the Yangtze River. It is reported that this temple has a history of more than 700 years. It sits on a cliff 140 meters from the ground, more than 60 meters higher than the Hanging Temple in Hengshan Mountain. It is particularly spectacular from a distance.
Compared with the Hanging Temple in the north, the mountain where the Hanging Temple in the south of the Yangtze River is located is more beautiful. It is a famous national 4A tourist attraction in Jiande City, especially the rivers and lakes in the mountains. The water quality is clear and green. Daci Rock is famous for its picturesque scenery and Buddhist culture. It is known as the “Little Jiuhua in West Zhejiang” and is one of the scenic spots that must be visited in Jiande.
If you want to go to the Hanging Temple in the south of the Yangtze River, you can take a cable car or hike up the mountain. Since the mountain is not high, it is recommended to climb the mountain on foot. You can also enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Great Ciyan Mountain on the way. However, the mountain path is not wide. Fortunately, there is a fence near the outside of the mountain, which is not scary. If you take the cable car, you can walk about 15 minutes to the Hanging Temple.
According to historical records, this suspended temple has a history of more than 700 years, and it is not easy to preserve it to this day and remain intact. There are more than 40 houses in the temple, with a long corridor in the middle. Some of the buildings are embedded in the rock wall of the mountain, and the other part is suspended in the air above the cliff. The lower part is supported and reinforced by a wooden pile. After hundreds of years, it is still as strong as before, which is amazing.
The Hanging Temple is built on such a steep cliff. Its architecture is unique, its structure is ingenious, and it integrates the building with the surrounding environment. It can be regarded as one of the best in the world. It is a treasure of the Chinese nation and a perfect witness of China’s traditional culture. During the tour, tourists often exclaim repeatedly, and have to admire the depth of wisdom and superb skills of the ancients.
In addition to the Hanging Temple, it can be said that everything here is strange. The mountain in front of us is the main peak of Daciyan, which looks like a giant Buddha from a distance and makes people feel relaxed and happy. This is the largest “natural standing Buddha” in China. According to the measurement of relevant experts, this natural standing Buddha is more than 140 meters high and more than 60 meters wide, which is the highest in the country. It is known as the “One Wonder of China”. It is again amazed at the uncanny workmanship of nature.
In addition, there is a sitting statue of Maitreya Buddha on the top of the mountain. From different angles, you will find that it is a “sitting statue of Maitreya Buddha on both sides”, and the shape of the two sides is different. This is very rare among many statues of Maitreya Buddha in China. Maitreya Buddha is located on the mountain, looking down at all living beings with a smile, which is very impressive.
Standing on the platform between the mountains and looking down, you can have a panoramic view of the endless green mountains, and the valleys under the blue sky and white clouds are dotted with villages with white walls and grey tiles. If you have time, you can also go to the town of Daciyan below to have a visit, and feel the simple cultural customs here.
In addition to the Hanging Temple in the south of the Yangtze River, the first natural standing Buddha in the country and the double-sided Maitreya Buddha statue, the beautiful scenery in the mountains is also worth a visit. After all, the tickets here also cost 80 yuan. Don’t waste it. I don’t know. Have you ever been here or heard of it? Would you like to visit here if you have the opportunity? Welcome to leave comments.