Maijishan ("Wheatstack Mountain"), located on the northern side of the Qinling Mountain Range and at a height of 1742m above sea level, gets it's name from its giant, haystack-like shape. The mountain's fame arises not just from its appearance, but from the many Buddhist caves that are gouged into its southwestern face. This is the fourth largest area of concentrated Buddhist grottoes in China, after Dunhuang, Datong and Luoyang.
The 1400- year-old Hanging Temple is unique for the mix of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, and famed as an architectural wonder. The temple surprisingly hangs on a near-vertical mountain cliff over 50 meters above the ground, and is supported by crossbeams half-inserted into the rock.