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Hanging Coffins


Profile
Housed on precipitous cliffs, Hanging Coffin is an ancient funeral custom of ethnic minorities especially for Bo people in south China.

Location
Moreover, such coffins have been discovered in many places of China. Those in Wuyi Mountain are the oldest ones in China which can date back to the Zhou Dynasty while the newest ones are located in Gongxian County of Sichuan Province in the southwest of China.

Function
They were used to store the bodies in the ancient time.

Structure
Most hanging coffins in various shapes were made of a piece of wood. Some of them stand on beams projecting from mountains and some are in caves. Another type is located on projections in the rock. All these 3 kinds can be found in Gongxian County and most of hanging coffins are here.
Besides, people said that this kind of coffin could prevent bodies from being taken by beasts.

Transportation
Visitors can take a bus at Ximen Station in Chengdu City and then transfer another bus to Gongxian County at Nanmen Bus Station. Then you will arrive at this scenic spot.

Note
Ití»s open to the public from 8:00 to 18:00.





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