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Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park), Beijing

Categories: Historic Sites, Sacred & Religious Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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Dating back to the early 15th century, Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) 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. Plan your visit to Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Beijing trip itinerary maker.
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  • Can visit once to know about the place & its history We had a guide along with us explaining the historical things & happenings 
  • Here's one of the rare examples of tradition saved by the Chinese. Here where everything goes fast and gets old in a few years these Temple stands out for its beauty and size. Ornate ceilings and hand carved do understand how they were good and precise, the colors are beautifully blended together. The long walkway does appreciate the extent of the area, back to a time when the way was the only way to get around. Kept clean and well worth the time needed to visit.
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  • Few tips for enjoying the temple - go early before 11am to see all the local seniors (they have annual local pass), they use the park as a central meeting place for dance lessons, tai chi, various pic...  read more »
  • A must-see when in Beijing. Beautiful temple surrounded with wonderful gardens. Very clean. Lots of people but ample space. Need two hours at least.
  • Pretty cool park with some seemingly beautiful attractions that I didn't get to see because I didn't buy the through ticket for the extra 10 RNB. Pro tip: buy the trough ticket.
  • Getting to the Temple of Heaven via the subway is a very straight forward process. I entered via the East gate which is right next to the Tiantandongmen Station. You exit the station and turn left and the entrance is right there. I was fortunate to have visited on a Sunday and the park was packed. People were performing in groups around the park doing things from signing, to play all types of instruments. It was captivating to see so many people expressing themselves. Also on the grounds you will find people playing cards and Go. Fun to watch both activities. I visited in November so the trees had changed to autumn colors which were beautiful. There has already been a ton written on here about all the sites. Because it is such a big park, you should map out what you would like to see beforehand. If you have the time walk the whole park, it's well worth the experience to see all that it has to offer.
  • Beautiful temple worthy of a visit if you find yourself in Beijing! The park atmosphere was bursting with energy - people were dancing, playing games, and singing... In the middle of the winter! Full of life!
  • It's an awesome place. The compound is huge, clean and well maintained. You can see plenty of locals hanging out and playing games like a Chinese version of chess , esp the elderly. The temple itself is small yet grand.
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