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“Green Oasis”

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park)
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Beijing Private Day Trip: Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven
Ranked #6 of 1,609 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.
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“Green Oasis”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

Enjoyed visiting this park and temple, especially loved seeing 'the old people' (my guide's words) out singing and playing Chinese poker. A nice slice of Beijing life and large park.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful park and temple”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Like most famous landmarks, the temple was very crowded and it was difficult to get a good view of the inside. But the outside was exquisite, and it was wonderful to walk through the park and see older people dancing and playing cards and chess. The park is filled with trees and is very peaceful.

Visited April 2013
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“Large area to vover but well worth the visit”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Fantastic layout of gardens and temples but spread out over a vast area. Be prepared to walk a lot but it is fantastic and worth seeing. Be aware of the 2 seater cycles they try to rip you off on trips heer, negotiate fare first and sometimes safer and cheaper by taxi. A lot of culture to be seen but when you have been to all the temples Forbidden City you might want a sit in a dark place for a while to recover!!!

Visited March 2013
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This 'temple' (which is not actually a temple) is on many posters and advertisements for Beijing, so I think this is a must-see.

Some advise on the tickets, which I found pretty confusing:
You have the choice to buy a ticket for 15RMB or for 35RMB at the entrance gate. The former gives you access to the park, but not to any of the attractions. You can pay 20RMB later to get closer to the ToH, but then you can as well pay the 35RMB straight from the beginning which also gives you access to some of the other smaller buildings/temples inside.

In the park you can see many elderly people playing cards and enjoying the sun (given it's sunny).

The Echo-stone is kind of weird - it's not really an echo, but you can observe some others to sit on the stone and shout.

Definitely go if it's a nice day - probably not worth it if it's raining...

Visited April 2013
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“perfect Spring day”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

We arrived early which meant that we avoided the worst of the crowds. It is a very popular spot. The weather was perfect and although I enjoyed the temple it was the activity in the surrounding park area that was particularly entertaining. There were the dancers, shuttlecock games, tai chi etc as well as the card players, knitting groups and even musical performances. Lots of people just enjoying a beautiful sunny Spring day.

Visited April 2013
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