Were Sir Isaac Newton to spend a leisurely afternoon at the Hanging Monstery close to Datong, it is entirely possible that he might just reassess his most famous theory. After my trip I could not possibly fathom how the ancient Buddhist structure has not collapsed.
The Hanging Monastery does exactly as its name suggests. It was built onto the side of a mountain, which towers away at a near vertical angle; it is secured to the rock face by a series of long wooden poles, which reach down and rest in various nooks, shelves, and crevices along the cliff. Staring at it from a distance, the stilts give the impression of a rock-climber at full stretch, hanging on by his finger tips to avoid plummeting t...Read More