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Temple of Heaven, Beijing

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#2 of 4,101 in Parks in China
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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  • I have been to the Temple of Heaven, Tiantan in Chinese, several times and I always enjoy to visit it. It is definitely a "must do" for Beijing.  more »
  • Such a fun place. I loved the history and the people were very kind. Pretty temple. I loved the circular shape.  more »
  • Beautiful and historical Temple settled within a nice park with other nice attractions and many locals  more »
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  • If you visit the Temple of Heaven, try not to miss it This Hall of Prayer corridor is the main attraction of the Temple of Heaven but it is so difficult to reach its entrances and take a look that you should arm yourself with patience but also resolution. It is impressive when you see from inside ... But I am not sure it is worth the waiting and pushing ... Bottom line, if you already are there and if you have the strength (or if it is not overcrowded) you should try and see it from inside.
  • Dating back to 1420 China's most important ancient temple worthy of its UNESCO World heritage status. Lots of walking involved but plenty of places to stop. Lots of activity as the locals use the space for prayer and relaxation. Amazing trees like the junipers.
  • Beautiful temple. Very interesting form and architectural decision. One of the basic attraction in Beijing. There are always a lot of tourists here. Temple is pretty high and you can see it from many points of city.
  • A very huge historical temple complex found in the very center of the city of Beijing. During my visit i saw groups of religious Chinese women Citizens dressed in their long traditional colorful costumes who came to gather here and practiced their beliefs and worships by praying to God in Heaven especially hoping for the good and productive harvests. The complex is too wide to walk that it is better to use comfortable shoes. It's also one of the perfect place to catch beautiful objects for photography!
  • The temple of Heaven is a must go place along with the Summer Palace and the Winter Palace. However, be careful, during Winter time (Nov-Dec-Jan), you will not be able to make the most of your visit. Plan it ideally after Summer but before winter.

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