The Hanging Temple or Hanging Monastery stands at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of Hunyuan County, and 65 kilometers (40 miles) from downtown Datong City. Hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50 meters above the ground.
Hampi formed one of the core areas of the capital of the Vijayanagara (Karnataka) Empire from 1343 to 1565, The emperor Ashoka's minor rock edicts in Nittur & Udegolan (both in Bellary district) leads one to believe that this region was within the Ashokan kingdom during the 3rd century BCE. The site is significant historically and architecturally. The topography abounds with large stones which have been used to make statues of Hindu deities.