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Built in 1420 with a total area of 270 acres, this is the largest building for religious worship in China, which was originally used by the Ming and Qing emperors to pay homage to Heaven and to pray for a year of rich harvest.
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The place is worth visiting to understand the reason behind its existence.
It embodies man's reliance on God for abundance of harvest to feed the many. This is where the emperor prays for bountiful harvest. And the tour guide emphasized that only the queen can...More
We loved this place with marble steps to the temple itself. This place is quintessential China. We chose to do an extension in Beijing on our Viking Jewels of Imperial China and am so glad we did. It was a must to see.
One of the must visit sites in Beijing - along with the Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Beautiful park, expansive and amazing architecture. A good way to spend the afternoon and getting to experience a world heritage UNESCO site.
Must go before 4pm, although many website shows that it open until 8pm. But actually after 4pm you cant enter the temple, but only the park around the temple, which is nothing to see but just a park for people to jog. Was disappointed and...More
This was included on our tour and we enjoyed seeing it but if you're tight on time and trying to squeeze things in -- give this a miss. It only took us about a half hour to walk around and snap a few pics. We...More
The Temple of Heaven complex is full of circles, with only some of the walls being square. Possibly that is why it is also referred to as the Circle of Heaven. The steps are multiples of nine, which means nine days. The old cypress tree...More
Response from Kimberly M | Reviewed this property |
Hi there....we visited the later in the day too, so we just saw the seniors all playing cards in the park.....but yes, we saw the dancing in groups in a small park just outside our hotel in Beijing the first night we were... More
Hi there....we visited the later in the day too, so we just saw the seniors all playing cards in the park.....but yes, we saw the dancing in groups in a small park just outside our hotel in Beijing the first night we were there....
Response from EllaPeach | Reviewed this property |
I traveled to the temple of heaven on my own not knowing any Chinese and was easily able to buy a ticket at the gate. There are several levels of tickets to the temple of heaven but I would recommend just getting the one... More
I traveled to the temple of heaven on my own not knowing any Chinese and was easily able to buy a ticket at the gate. There are several levels of tickets to the temple of heaven but I would recommend just getting the one that lets you have entry into all parts. You’re really not talking much money to begin with. We didn’t take any commercial tours as we had a Chinese friend with us for the rest of our tour throughout Beijing. Should you desire to walk through chairman Mao’ tomb to view his body, keep in mind that it’s free however you cannot take any backpacks or packages in with you. Audio guides are available in many tourist sites and I would recommend doing them as the English explanations in many states are very poor and leave you wondering what they’re trying to inform you off. The Temple of Heaven had the best English signage. Keep your passport with you as many places want to see that document. An additional vantages it proves your age and if by any chance you happen to be 65 or older you get in free many places. Don’t worry about trying to see everything as you simply can’t. Just enjoy what you see with what time you have and don’t stress out. Have a fun trip.