Known as one of the Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism, Mount Heng is an important location in the Shanxi Province for religious pilgrimages and adventurers who want to commune with the ancient Chinese world. About a full day’s ride from Beijing (somewhat shorter from Xi’an), most make the journey to see the Hanging Temple, which is an architectural wonder that doesn’t literally hang, but has the appearance doing so because of its position on a shelf in the cliff face overlooking Jinxia Gorge. It is more of marvel to look at and walk through than it is to inspire contemplation. The cost at this time is about $20 US.
Further up the mountain, you may pay the nominal entrance fee and either take the cable car up to the group of temples preserved there, rent a horse if you can ride, or try to foot it (it’s about a half an hour walk). Another attraction worth combining with the Hanging Temple is Yingxian’s Wooden Tower, the tallest wooden pagoda in China, only another half an hour of walking away.
Note:Be aware that there is another Mount Heng (Hengshan) in the Hunan Province. Both share the same name and both are considered one of the Five Sacred Mountains. It is not a smart idea to drive from a city like Xi’an or Beijing in an attempt to get there!