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Temple of Heaven, Beijing

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Dating back to the early 15th century, Temple of Heaven served the leaders of the Ming and Qing dynasties as the site of annual harvest prayer ceremonies. Regarded as a Taoist house of worship, the temple complex contains several structures, including a central prayer hall, an enormous triple-gabled structure intricately detailed on the outside and elaborated decorated on the inside. There, the emperors, traditionally considered interlocutors between mortals and gods, performed rituals to request the blessing for successful harvests. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Beijing trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • The Temple of Heaven is really worth the trip. It is bustling with people and if you go in the morning you will see lots of locals doing their daily “workouts” in the open air. As with a lot of places...  more »
  • We got there with a private guide, did not think there was anything remarkable after having seen the summer palace and forbidden city,
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  • While usually extremely crowded, the Temple of Heaven is a wonderful stop on your visit to Beijing. The surrounding park is picturesque and the entire day, with multiple temples, parks, and observing ...  more »
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  • The Temple of Heaven featured a picturesque park interconnecting several temple complexes of great historical significance. Fortunately, unlike The Palace Museum, the Temple of Heaven Park did include some artifact displays with English language translations for those interested in learning more about Chinese history. All in all, well worth the cheap admission fee and convenient to access via the nearby subway station at the East entrance.
  • Nice park to walk around in. A lot of things cost extra money even if you buy the all inclusive ticket, and most things are really just interesting if you are really, really interested in temples as most are closed and you just can look inside through a small window. The only thing might be the big temple on the hill, but that is only worth it on the few days where there isn't smog in Beijing and you can enjoy the view. So maybe just spend the 15 yuan for a nice walk in the park and buy some ice cream instead of spending it for the fees. Nice, clean toilets.
  • The Temple of Heaven was a beautiful sight. The ascent up the stairs is amazing, and there are so many opportunities for amazing photos. The colors of the temple are vibrant, and the attention to detail is jaw dropping. The Temple of Heaven is a staple of Chinese history and culture. I would definitely say this is a must-see if you are in Beijing!
  • This place is beautiful and lots to see. Very colourful temple on huge grounds. Also very close to the long corridor. A paradise for photographers. Definitely worth a visit for young and old.
  • Dot on the map is off slightly. It's to the east of the dot. Nice main temple with several buildings on the side. There is an entrance fee for the whole park as well. Tip: If limited on time, definitely do summer palace first. Can easily spend an entire day there with the mountain embedded temples and the huge lake view and the boat rides and the stroll along the lake coast. Not that Sumer temple is bad but it doesn't hold a candle to summer palace. It's like comparing Portland to New York.
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