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China’s Hanging Temple Constructed More Than 1,500 Years Ago Defies Gravity

An architectural wonder built at the foot of Mount Hengshan near Datong in China, Xuan Kong Si Hanging Temple is a temple to visit.

Having visited various kinds of temples, I find it uneventful to go see a new one again. But the Xuan Kong Si Hanging Temple, an architectural wonder built at the foot of Mount Hengshan near Datong in China, is definitely a temple to visit.

Constructed more than 1,500 years ago, the suspension temple hangs 246 feet or 75 meters above the ground. It is believed that the one-of-a-kind temple was built by Monks to avoid floods. Moreover, the temple was strategically put beneath an overhang to protect it from the sun, rain, and snow.

Evidently, the temple has withstood the test of time.

With 40 rooms and halls connected by a series of walkways, bridges, and corridors, the temple houses more than 80 statues and carvings of bronze, clay and iron, each coming from a particular dynasty which have maintained it through the years.

This 1,500-year-old hanging temple located at the foot of Mount Hengshan near Datong in China defies gravity.

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It is astonishing to know how the suspended temple still remains in top condition considering wooden pillars are its only structural support.

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Believe it or not, it is the only temple in the world that combines Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, three traditional Chinese religions.

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Although the temple is built on a cliff, touring the hanging temple is quite easy.

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Bedrock serves as the main support of the structure, while oak beams fitted into the holes engraved into the cliff holds the temple together.

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The Driest Place On Earth is Now Covered With Rare And Beautiful Pink Flowers

Rare pink flowers covering the Chilean Desert give it life and captivating beauty.

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The leaves have grown, the withering flowers bloom, the gray skies give way to a brighter sun, the sunset turned into a night full of stars and rain has finally come to the deserts reminding us that there is beauty, hope and life in everything.

Meanwhile, a breathtaking beauty recently envelops the Atacama Desert in Chile due to a year's worth of extreme rainfall. The desert which is dubbed as the "driest place on earth" is now awash with color as beautiful pink flowers bloom giving the place new hope and life.

Historical rainfall moved through the region in March which caused catastrophic flooding with 0.96 inches of rain in one day and also led to the "most spectacular blossoming of the past 18 years." Although it doesn't seem much, it was said to be a huge rainfall for the desert--over 14 years in one day....

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The Enchanting Island of Gaztelugatxe, Real Dragonstone From Game of Thrones

Perfect place for soul searching!

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There are many secluded places on earth which have such breathtaking views, but the enchanted island of Gaztelugatxe may just be one of the most beautiful spots ever.

Located in the Bay of Biscay just outside of Basque country, the cone-shaped island only has one structure standing on it - the small hermitage of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe dedicated to St. John the Baptist. The island is accessible through a narrow man-made stone bridge leading to the hermitage. Legend says that once you have climbed the 241 steps leading to the hermitage, you should ring the bell and make a wish.

The island is not only known for its centuries-old hermitage.

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This 4,000-Step ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Hike is Epic, But it’s Illegal

The hike is long, the path is steep, and it’s illegal.

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Are you up for an adventure? If you’re the kind of lad who prefers great views, tranquillity, long hikes, and a bit of thrill, this is a great place to go to.

The Haiku Stairs on Oahu, Hawaii, otherwise known as “Stairway to Heaven”, is a series of approximately 4,000 steel steps (3,922 to be exact) that climbs 2,800 ft from the Koolau mountain range to the peak of Pu’u Keahi a Kahoe.

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