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Review of Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven
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Temple of Heaven and Tai Chi Tour
Ranked #4 of 1,567 things to do in Beijing
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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.
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Really lovely and very easy to get to by Metro - its literally outside the metro station! Loved seeing the local people going about their day to day activities - Tai Chi, Board Games, Singing, Dancing - surrounded by parklands and temples.

Thank AlanMerrins
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The Temple of Heaven is where the emperor prays and make offerings for a good harvest. This religious site has several temples or structures for the different stages of the ritual like the temple where the emperor perforforms abstinence, the offering etc. it is a vast complex comprising more than 200 hectares. We went to the Echo Wall. It is called such because the wall is so constructed that a whisper in one end of the wall could be heard at the other end. when I visited in 2000, there were no guard rails along the Wall and we had a good time trying out the echo of our voices on the wall.

Spend time sitting under the cypress trees near the e chno wall. Some of these trees are centuries old. One at least is 800 years old.

The whole complex is conjested with tourists. So be prepared with the jostling.

1  Thank b0h0l
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Reviewed October 23, 2012

The Beijing Temple of Heaven is a popular tourist mecca which sports an amazing, but unlit, temple building where the emperor (aka the Son of Heaven) came to pray and offer sacrifices. Like the Forbidden City, it is a great example of Imperial splendor in China. The temple is amazingly beautiful. It is not a Buddhist temple with worshipers and incense, but rather a temple associated with the Forbidden City’s primary resident, the Emperor of China. It is located in a huge park with several other ancillary support facilities open to the public. When I visited, a ticket for 35 RMB (approx. $5.50 USD) allowed a visit to the park, the temple complex, the round altar, the Imperial Vault, and the Echo Wall (located around the Imperial Vault). Tickets were available to enter the park for 15 RMB, but additional tickets would need to be purchased to see the internal sites. There is some English available on signs while touring the park, but solo English speakers should study the history before arriving at the park. There are metro stops adjacent to the east and close to the south gates of the park. I recommend a visit, but do not visit as a substitute to a visit to an active Buddhist and/or Confuciusist temple. There is much to be learned about the life and religion of the Chinese people while visiting the active temples that cannot be learned when visiting this historic site.

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Reviewed October 22, 2012

amazing architecture that is very well preserved. A good place to understand the Qing Emperors praying rituals. The temple of Heaven is located in abig park, lots of green and space. Though there are many visitors, you can still find your quiet spot. Many locals viist the parks too.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

One could initially think this to be just "one of those temples". You'd I think be obviously mistaken as notwithstanding its simplicity, heaven is a very apt description for this temple. Certainly one of the best in the world we've seen.

Thank Don L
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