So many of you indicated interest in the Sakyamuni temple piece I posted last month, that perhaps this structure, again brought to my attention by Mr. Jianwei Ren, will be of interest as well. The Hanging Temple of Mt. Heng is even more curious, in that it was built over 50 meters up the side of a sheer cliff...in 491 A.D.! How and why it got there, and the details of its construction from local hemlock forests, is told in these excellent videos made by CCTV, the Chinese State Television Company.
The really great description of the wood design and technology starts around the 6-minute mark of this first video.
This second segment discusses in detail the engineering detail that has enabled the temple to cling tenaciously to the cliff for over 1500 years, through earthquakes and the burden of time. It contains some amazing detail and great graphics on the physics and placement of the temple on the face of the mountain. This segment also contains interesting detail on the statuary placed in the temple, and the specific requirements they met.
All in all, another amazing story in wood, from that amazing, ancient country on the other side of the world.