Temple of Heaven

Highly recommended
It was from the Temple of Heaven that the Ming and Qing emperors adopted the role of spiritual intermediaries with the gods. In keeping with such an event, everything here is on a grandiose scale. The ceremonies started at the circular altar, with its 360 balustrades representing the 360 days of the lunar calendar. The Imperial Vault of Heaven, whose remarkable acoustics transfer every murmur into an echo, still houses the original prayer tablets. The huge Temple of Prayer for Good Harvest, supported by 28 pillars crowned by circular roofs, is one of the symbols of Beijing.

Useful information

Address:

7 Tiantan Nei Dongli Beijing

Phone:

+86 10 6701 2402

Price:

15 ¥

Opening hours

park: 6am-10pm (ticket counter 8pm); altars and temple: Mar-Jun 8am-5.30pm, Jul-Oct 8am-6pm, Nov-Feb 8am-5pm (ticket counter 1hr30 earlier)

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