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The Temple of Heaven

The Temple of HeavenThe Temple of Heaven is situated in the southern part of Beijing, about 6 Km away from the center of the city. Traditionally, this temple was for imperial use only. It was built in 1420, covering an area of 273 hectares, it is the one of the largest parks in Beijing.

The Temple of Heaven was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvests.

The emperors visited the temple three times a year: on the 8th day of the first lunar month to pray for a good harvest; during the Summer Solstice to pray for rain; and during Winter Solstice to give thanks for a good harvest. During eachceremony, the emperors worshipped heaven and prayed for a good harvest. In addition, the emperors also worshipped their ancestors and other natural phenomena such as the Cloud God, Rain God and Wind God.

The Temple of HeavenIn imperial days, the Chinese people believed that the sky was incircular shope and the earth was square. On the basis of this tranditional concept, the circle was widely adopted in the design of the temple's main building. It is in accord with people's imagination of heaven.

During past ceremonies each year, the Emperor left the Forbidden City through the Front Gate for the Temple of Heaven. No common people or foreigners were allowed to watch the Emperor's procession to the temple.

They had to remain hidden behind closed doors and windows. Even women, including the Empress, were not allowed to take part in the procession.

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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Small Group Tour Cool  --- from US$34
Classic city small group tour, visit Beijing's highlight attractions to touch the face of the metropolitan city on this one-day tour. Departure: daily.

Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$55
One day private tour package covers the trip to the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Badaling Great Wall & Temple of Heaven 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$56
Badaling Great Wall, the most popular site, The Temple of Heaven is located in southern Beijing. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1998. With an area of 2.7 million square meters, it is the largest of its kind in the country, enjoy this one day private tour package.

Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$57
The private tour covers the trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and have a short exterior visit to the Birds Nest, water cube - the main Olympic Stadium now being built for the 2008 Olympic Games., enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven Private Day Tour  --- from US$59
This 1 day private highlight city tour covers the trip to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace Private Day Tour Cool  --- from US$64
Classic one day private tour package covers the trip to the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Beijing City Highlight Small Group Tour and Night Show Package  --- from US$65
Classic city small group tour, visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, after tour, watch the night show.

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Reviews and Travelogue about Temple of Heaven:
< "My trip to Temple of Heaven" >>> Post by Irene from United States of America
< "Next stop on the tour was the Temple of Heaven" >>> Post by Harvey from United Kingdom
< "The Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven" >>> Post by Robert from Australia

 

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