Undertoad Wednesday Jun 28 01:46 PM
6/28/2006: Hanging monastery
wolf Wednesday Jun 28 01:51 PM
The pavilion to the far right is roughly 15 stories off the ground? I'm getting queasy just looking at this.
jinx Wednesday Jun 28 01:55 PM
Wow - that's really cool... reminds me of the Anasazi cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde.
Happy Monkey Wednesday Jun 28 01:56 PM
When I grow up, I want my house to look just like that.
Ibby Wednesday Jun 28 02:00 PM
Mmm, musta missed that one. I'll add it to the list.
Pie Wednesday Jun 28 02:09 PM
glatt Wednesday Jun 28 02:36 PM
YellowBolt Wednesday Jun 28 04:01 PM
Stormieweather Wednesday Jun 28 04:13 PM
Awesome. I want one just like it!
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jun 28 04:13 PM
They look a little leery of the railings.
Elspode Wednesday Jun 28 04:38 PM
Is that bird shit streaking the sheer cliff faces above?
capnhowdy Wednesday Jun 28 05:40 PM
Prolly don't have to worry about privacy.
Griff Wednesday Jun 28 05:45 PM
Hmmmm... some of the quarries around here might yield similar sheer rock walls...
rkzenrage Wednesday Jun 28 05:56 PM
Just beautiful... thanks for the post.
capnhowdy Wednesday Jun 28 07:15 PM
milkfish Thursday Jun 29 01:55 AM
The first two pictures look like the place is made of Lego and about six feet off the ground.
Sundae Thursday Jun 29 06:46 AM
I read a book that featured a very similar structure - Dan Simmons or Sheri S Tepper I think. Far too similar to have been by chance, the descriptions were vivid enough to stay with me even if the book has not.
TropicFever Thursday Jun 29 07:44 AM
I can't imagine how it actually stays attached to the rock face. It can't be just resting on that ledge.
Griff Thursday Jun 29 07:58 AM
I assume they drilled into the rock and slid supporting beams deep into it. A cantilever like that would be very strong and rigid. There probably isn't even any bounce in the floors. If you build on those beams you can keep the rain off the supports keeping them dry and you've got construction capable of lasting Chinese amounts of time.
Spexxvet Thursday Jun 29 09:22 AM
Where's the garage? You don't expect me to walk up there, do you?
Nothing But Net Thursday Jun 29 09:39 AM
There are houses in the canyons of Los Angeles that are pretty much like that.
Elspode Thursday Jun 29 01:14 PM
Except that they're filled with coke and pron starlets instead of rice and monks.
Clodfobble Thursday Jun 29 03:05 PM
And within the next 20 years, an earthquake will probably cause them to fall right off. I'm betting on the Chinese outlasting the Californians.
footfootfoot Thursday Jun 29 09:14 PM
I'm getting vertigo just thinking about the enormity of that.
There was a David Whyte tape I had wherein he spoke about a similar monastery built on cliffs, maybe this one, where the novice mon ks would be sealed up in caves for three years, three months, and three days. Their food lowered to them by rope each day and their waste carried up.
He made a joke referring to a line in a poem by Mary Oliver.
I think it may have been these cliffs.
seakdivers Thursday Jun 29 09:47 PM
Ugh....very cool, but no thanks. I don't handle heights very well at all.
Tse Moana Friday Jun 30 08:48 AM
Oh my, that's amazing, and it looks wonderful. Thanks for posting this.