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“Temple of Heaven” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park)

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park)
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Temple of Heaven and Tai Chi Tour
Ranked #6 of 1,600 things to do in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Temple of Heaven”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

It's a great place to visit specially early in the morning. At the entry you'll find a group of people dancing and further up another group doing Tai Chi (I joined the group). Temple of Heaven is a kind of compound of temples and there's a lot to visit there.

Visited January 2013
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“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2013

Entrance to the park is 10rmb. You can by a through ticket for 30rmb, which is well worth it as you can visit the different temple structures spread throughout the park without having to purchase difference tickets.

The temple was began in the fifteenth century as the meeting point of heaven and earth. The Son of heaven (the emperor) was the intermediary. At the winter solstice he would come here to pray for the harvest.

On arrival he would fast for 3 days then meditate in the Imperial Vault. When I walked around the fasting buildings I was the only person there. Someone was striking the bronze bell in a tower and the only other sound was of the crows, it felt very spiritual.

He would spend the night in the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. This is a beautiful wooden octaganol building made without a single nail. It sits on top of a 3 tiered marble terrace. Four compass-point pillars support the vault (represent seasons), and it surrounded by 12 pillars (the months). This is in fact a faithful recreation of the Ming temple, which burnt down in 1889. Supposidly it was divine punishment as a sacrilegious caterpillar was on the point of reaching the apex of the hall. 32 court dignitaries were executed for allowing it to happen.

The following day the emperor would go to the Round Alter, which consists of 3 marble tiers representing Man, Earth and Heaven, some animals were sacrificed. Now there is just the marble tiers; orginally on the top would have been The Throne of Heaven. This spot is the centre of the Middle Kingdom, thus the centre of the Earth.


The temples do hold an atraction. Visiting at the beginning of Febuary meant that there were not huge numbers of tourists there. The park itself is a hive of activity. During warmer months you could spend hours wandering among the greeery of reading a book, people watching. Even in cold weather (still snow on the ground) there were local people playing kicking games and card games, particularly along the Long Corridor.

This place is well woprth the visit.

metro stop Tiantandongmen is right at the east gate.
Bring your own food and drink as options are limited. Lots of toilets.

Visited February 2013
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“Very nice and peacefull.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2013

Brilliant colours in the open air. Very nice park around with old trees. You have few buildings to visit. Also is a good place to lear about the life of the emperors and worship of their ancestors. Many interesting stories.

Visited February 2013
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“Another place you have to put on your itinerary”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2013

When visiting Beijing but it was extremely crowded when I was there, hence very good instate of Excellent vote.

Visited September 2012
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2013

Temple of Heaven is worth seeing for the amazing ornate marble carving that feature in abundance around the place. Like many of the ancient palaces and structures, it amazes me that they have survived so well for so long.

Visited November 2012
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