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Experiencing cultural and historical sites in Shanxi
2011/05/09 05:17:52 Source:

Northwest China's Shanxi Province claims possession of rich cultural and historical heritage, having more than 70% of all ancient architecture in China built before the Liao and Song Dynasties. A series of photos depicting famous scenic spots such as Yungang Grottoes, the Ancient City of Pingyao and the Suspended Temple

The Yungang Grottoes, with a history of more than 1,500 years, is one of the largest cave clusters in China. Located in the north cliff of Wuzhou Mountain, Datong, the grottoes, composed of 53 caves and over 51,000 stone statues, represent the Chinese Buddhist cave art from the period of 460-525 AD. It also encompasses Indian Buddhist art, Greek and Roman architectural characteristics, indicating ancient China's cultural exchange and relationship with diverse world civilizations.

Located at the foot of Mt. Hengshan in China's Shanxi Province, the Suspended Temple is nestled in the steep precipices and cliffs of Cuiping Peak west of Jinlong Gorge. The temple was built among the cliffs 1,500 years ago, suspended in midair some 60 meters from the ground. It is arguably the No. 1 spectacle of Mt. Hengshan. Unlike many other temples, Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism have all been worshipped together in the same hall. The halls are also well-designed, making good use of the cliff's natural shape.

The Ancient City of Pingyao is one of the best preserved examples of a walled city in China. As an outstanding example of Chinese Han Nationality cities in the Ming and Qing dynasties, it fully reflects the city's development in culture, society, economy and religion of those periods. In 1997 it was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. An annual international photography festival is held in Pingyao, attracting large numbers of photography enthusiasts.