Temple of Heaven, Beijing

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    Temple of Heaven Tea House

    by geekgrrl Written Jun 12, 2004

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    We had a delightful tea ceremony with the guide telling us all about the different teas and how it is made and drunk. We had oolong, jasmine, lychee black, and rose tea. I bought some lychee black since it really was great tea. We were also shown 'pee boy'. This is a clay figure of a little boy. Hot water is poured into the little boy, and if the water is hot enough for tea, he pees. Vendors all over were selling 'pee boys', but we resisted.

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    Temple of Heaven

    by kdoc13 Written May 11, 2004

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    The Temple of Heaven, or Tiantan as it is also known, is one of those places that kind of takes you by surprise. You don't expect it to be very much, but you really enjoy it when you go.

    Each year the emperor came here at the time of the winter solstice in his capacity as the Son of Heaven to pray for a good harvest and to render homage to the heavens. This tradition was kept up until the fall of the dynasty in 1911

    Today it is surrounded by a beautiful park, and is seen by thousands of westerners who just don't understand it. Still, for the average unclutured American tourist there is fun to be had. Take for example the resonating stone. At the entrance to the Temple, there is a platform you can stand on. In the middle of it is a stone that amplifies your voice. I don't know how it works, but it does. The same is true of the echo wall. There, you can face any point along the wall and speak, and someone on the other side can hear you. Freaky!

    The Temple itself is the best part. Most people only get to see pictures of it on the wall of a Chinese Restaurant. But up close is so much better. My tour guide told me that no nails were used to build it, and it has been standing for centuries. How cool is that!

    The best photo I ever took, The Temple of Heaven.
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    Temple of Heaven

    by Jim_Eliason Updated May 4, 2004

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    Large temple complex south of Forbidden City. This has two affiliated temples; the temple of the Moon and the Earth. The Temple of Heaven was used once a year for royal ceremonies with the Emporer.

    This is another must see sight in Beijing

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    The Temple of Heaven

    by AC1 Written Apr 19, 2004

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    Historically, this is an Imperial Sacrificial Altar for the ancient Chinese emperors. It has a huge area coverage with 3 major structure. There is the amazing Circular Mound Altar (Yuanqiutan). It was made of 360 perfectly cut white marbles that made a 360 degree circular altar. This altar has stood for more than 500 years and there is not a single crack on the marble!! Common believe that if you stand in the middle stone of the circular altar and making a wish by look up at the sky, the wish will be fulfiled in no time.

    There is also the interesting Echo Wall. You will find many visitors trying to "speak" at one side of the wall and another guy reply from the opposite end. It was found that the structure inside the circular wall was built such that the echo will reflect around the circular wall and reach the opposite end. Usually this wont work because the court is too noisy and people couldn't find the right direction. Both people must face north to make it works.

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    "Temple of Heaven" ----One of my favourite site ..

    by Sally_chen Updated Feb 27, 2004

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    I enjoy taking some walk in Tian Tan Park during a sunny afternoon in Summer.
    The air is so fresh, the long wide marble road can make you think about how powerful the emperor was!
    The tranquil park can almost let you forget you are in the heart of Beijing!
    While walking along the corridor , you can find many old people performing Beijing opera just for entertaining themself , it's fun!

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    The Temple of Heaven.

    by pmarshuk Updated Jan 30, 2004

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    The Temple of Heaven covers 270 hectares in Chongwen District. The main buildings were originally built in 1420.
    The Hall of Payer for Good Harvests in the Temple of Heaven has become the signature symbol of Beijing. This was built without any iron nails , steel rods or cement.
    See the travelogue for more pics.

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    Temple of Heaven

    by Cashee Written Jan 27, 2004

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    This place is beautiful.
    An interesting thing to do is to go into the area that has a round wall circling it to hear some amazing accoustics. (First, go behind one building and have a friend go behind the opposite building, then speak and you'll be able to hear each other clearly.) If you want to do this, you should go on a day that isn't busy because a dozen other people might be trying to do the same thing at the same time.

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    Temple of Heaven

    by dragontml Updated Dec 10, 2003

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    The Temple of Heaven (Tiantan). It was built in 1420 during a time when many other important structures were constructed in Beijing. Tiantan served as a place of ceremony and ritual for the Ming and Qing emperors.

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    Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan)

    by FreeCloud Updated Dec 4, 2003

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    Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan, photos in travelogue, details later, 2002-June-24)

    As a masterpiece of architecture and landscape complex design, the Temple of Heaven is on UNESCO World Heritage List, see website for details: http://whc.unesco.org/sites/881.htm

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    Walk around the Temple of Heaven?

    by egosyncratix Written Dec 2, 2003

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    If time permits....and it usually doesn't, you can walk around the Temple of Heaven grounds and catch this guy....Warning: The grounds are HUGE so don't go wandering off unless you are backpacking or free and easy!

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    Temple of Heaven

    by egosyncratix Updated Dec 2, 2003

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    This place is BIG. While you are here, remember to visit HONGQIAO market for some good deals. BARGAIN like hell though. I have heard them quoting sky high prices to foreigners....some outrageous thousand plus amount...when its just a hundred RMB...but whatever you do, DO NOT try shouting at the wall of echo. Every other idiot is trying it....THE WRONG WAY. you got to read the instructions on the left when you enter before you attempt something silly.

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    TianTan - Temple of Heaven

    by wandering360 Written Oct 31, 2003

    Located in a 267 hectare park. This 38m high, 30m diametre town built in 1420 is where the emperor made his annual prayer for a good harvest. It was burnt down in 1889 and rebuilt in the following year.

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    Temple of heaven - Tian Tan

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 19, 2003

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    This temple of heaven (15th century ) is the most beautiful example of the Ming Dynasty architecture. It is a 3 partition temple
    - The north : Chapel for good harvest
    - The center : Ceiling of heaven
    - The south : Circled altar to heaven
    Most of the time - tourist will enter via the gate of heaven.

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    The Other Tiantin

    by wwroam Written Oct 19, 2003

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    The Temple of Heaven was the first site that I chose to visit on arrival in Beijing. I arrived early in the morning, ( a Sunday), purchased a through ticket and started walking through the parklands. The park has some amazing architecture, more than adequately describede by other VT members, I found the place to be a people watching paradise.
    At the moment there are few foreign tourists, and the locals can be found practising tai chi, badminton, ballroom dancing,frisbee throwing, and some rousing community singing.

    The Tiantin Choir Dancing taking the chair for a walk
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    Temple of Heaven

    by herzog63 Written Sep 24, 2003

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    The Temple of Heaven was one of my favorite sights that I visited in Beijing! The park that it's set in is a great place to relax or go for a walk and maybe meet some locals.
    The original building was built in 1530. Look under the ceiling when you go inside. It is really beautiful. For some reason I didn't take a photo of it. I wish I had.

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