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Explore More Than The Great Wall in China

Every travel guide to China advises you to visit the Great Wall, the Forbidden Palace, the Terra Cotta Army, and other similar places. Understandably so - these monuments are cultural and historical treasures. But there's so much more to do in China! Whether you're want to undertake a death-defying hike up a sheer mountainside, shop the open-air markets of Old Shanghai, take a cruise down the Yangtze River, or visit ancient Buddhist caves, China has something for everyone.

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01 Visit the Dizzying Hanging Temple of Hengshan

Located about thirty-five miles southwest of Datong in Shanxi province, this temple dates to the 5th century CE. And it's been built right into the side of a mountain! The temple celebrates Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism in a 40-room complex. Visitors are advised to buy tickets in advance and to note that the site is not recommended for those with mobility challenges.

Hanging temple in Shanxi province,China cacaroot / Getty Images
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