The temple of heaven is set in an oasis of parkland in a huge city.
Te parkland is used daily by the locals for tai chi, sport, games, ballroom dancing practice, to take their birds (yes actual birds) for a stroll and much much more.
When I was there there were choirs, singers backed by small groups of local instruments, elderly men playing domino's and mah jong.
The building here are truly magnificent and well worth a visit.
no matter what was the Heaven Temple use for before, now it become a heavenly park in the east of central Beijing. there are many retired people come here every morning, to have fun and exercise together. they are singing, dancing, playing, you can see the real local life here.
of curse the Qinian Dian also looks beautiful, but if you come to the Heaven Temple by summer, plz make sure that you got enough suncream and dont forget your sunglasses.
The Temple of Heaven, literally the Altar of Heaven is a complex of Taoist buildings situated in southeastern urban Beijing, in Xuanwu District. The complex was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is regarded as a Taoist temple, although Chinese Heaven worship, especially by the reigning monarch of the day, pre-dates Taoism.
The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven during the reign of the Jiajing Emperor in the 16th century. The Jiajing Emperor also built three other prominent temples in Beijing, the Temple of Sun in the east, the Temple of Earth in the north, and the Temple of Moon in the west. The Temple of Heaven was renovated in the 18th century under the Qianlong Emperor.
In 1914, Yuan Shih-kai, then President of the Republic of China, performed a Ming prayer ceremony at the temple, as part of an effort to have himself declared Emperor of China.
The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world¡¯s great civilizations..." as the "symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries."
According to Xinhua, in early 2005, the Temple of Heaven underwent a 47 million yuan (5.9 million USD) restoration in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and the restoration was completed on May 1st, 2006.
The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world¡¯s great civilizations..."
My guide brought me to the Temple of Heaven which was renovated in the 18th century under the Qianlong Emperor. This complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Three other prominent temples were built in Beijing, the Temple of Sun in the east, the Temple of Earth in the north, and the Temple of Moon in the west.
Symbolisms abound in this temples according to the Wikipedia website:
Earth was represented by a square and Heaven by a circle; several features of the temple complex symbolize the connection of Heaven and Earth, of circle and square. The whole temple complex is surrounded by two cordons of walls; the outer wall has a taller, semi-circular northern end, representing Heaven, and a shorter, rectangular southern end, representing the Earth. Both the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Circular Mound Altar are round, each standing on a square yard, again representing Heaven and Earth.
When you know about this symbols, I think gives you a better understanding of what you see when you are already there. China gives you a totally new perspective in looking at life...
Early morning, a lot of activity of old chinese peoples are done here (at the park): dancing, doing sport, or just playing game such as card or mahjong.
Entrance ticket is 10 yuan (park) 6.00-21.00. Ticket for the temple is 20 yuan. Come early in the morning can avoid crowded at the temple.
In this second visit, I appreciate more the symmetry and simplicity of this important imperial temple.
There are several major buildings along a north-south axis of symmetry.
There are as many foreign and local tourists as well as local Beijingers who use the gardens for recreation, daily excercises as well as daily meeting places.
Known to the Chinese as the Altar of Heaven, which refers to the entire complex, The Temple Of Heaven is a unique “temple” that is situated in the middle of a massive walled park.
If you leave your visit to the late afternoon, or very early morning, you will see locals flying kites, practicing Tai Chi or simply spending time with their families.
The Temple Of Heaven was completed during the Ming dynasty and was used by the emperor as an altar to pray for good harvests.
The red doorway is "an imperial color," the blue color of the roof represents the color of Heaven, the 4 main pillars holding up the roof represent the 4 seasons and the pillars inside represent the 12 months of the year.
Well i would say 2 weeks is quite a lot for Beijing.
In Beijing i recommend to go to the
temple of heaven
Every moring you can see thousands of people dancing, joggin and making Tai Chi.
The Temple of Heaven Complex covers an area of more than 2 1/2 square kilometers. Surrounding the temple buildings is a large park, which is one of the nicest open spaces in Central Beiijing. It is a pleasant place to walk through, especially in the morning. You are likely to see people practicing Tai-Chi, dancers and muscians rehearsing, and retired men playing cards and other games. We even saw a man taking his birds (in their cages) for a walk.
Templo del Cielo era el lugar donde los emperadores ofrecían sacrificios al Cielo y oraban por ricas cosechas.
Las principales obras son: el Templo de las Rogativas por Buenas Cosechas, el Altar de la Terraza Circular y la Bóveda Imperial del Cielo.
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I think I wrote about the Temple of Heaven somewhere else by accident, but just want to say it was a lovely place to visit. The grounds are beautiful, and lots of Chinese families come there to picnic at the weekends,and we saw people playing traditional chinese instruments and singing in the gardens. You need to buy a through ticket if you want to visit all the parts of the site inside.The other ticket is just for people who want to go to the gardens and not enter all the buildings of the temple.The audio guide was worthwhile too.
Just a few more images of the Temple Of Heaven. The Temple is more than the major buildings you can go to. There are tree-covered grounds, making it a beautiful respite from the rest of concrete Beijing. There are quiet places to eat lunch, as well.
The Temple of Heaven seems to be a popular place for friends and family to come, a place that's quiet and peaceful, a place where musicians liven up the day with local, traditional music.
And, by the way, if you want to take a self-tour, you can do so in many different languages:
English, French, Deutsch, Russian and Italian, at the least.
Five images. (For a bunch more images, see the Travelogues!)
Another must-see stop for tour groups and travelers alike, the Temple of Heaven is a nice respite from the rest of Beijing, though you still breathe the same air.
Five images. For more images (lots more images...) see the "Scenes from the Temple Of Heaven" travelogues.
Es el primer sitio que visitamos en China y nos causó una gran impresión por sus dimensiones y su belleza .
Este templo de dimensiones impresionantes tiene una gran armonía y belleza , con sus edificios de madera que se construyeron sin utilizar ni un sólo clavo , las perspectivas que tiene , su colorido y con los innumerables juegos de símbolos que hacen con los números y colores consiguen que sea una visita inolvidable
Tienes que imaginarte lo que podría ser este templo cuando los emperadores y toda su corte vestidos con sus lujosos y coloridos trajes y ropas imperiales venían aquí para rezar para obtener una buena cosecha
This is the first site we visited in China and we were very impressed by its size and beauty.
This temple of impressive dimensions has a great harmony and beauty, with its wooden buildings that were built without using a single nail , the views , the colourful and myriad of symbolic numbers and colours used in the construction make an unforgettable visit
Imagine how it should be this temple when the Emperor and his court , all with their luxury and colorful
imperial dressings , were coming to pray here for a good harvest
Temple of heaven – the largest heaven worshipping architecture in the world
Situated in the southern part of the city. The temple was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvest. They came here twice a year, on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month and on winter solstice. In imperial days, the chinese people believed that tha sky was in cilcular shape and the earth was square. On the basis of this traditional concept, the circle was widely adopted in the design of temple’s main buildings. It is in accord with people’s imagination of heaven.
The temple is walled up in two circles with the northern side semi circular and the three remaining sides forming a square shape. This style of wall is called Heaven and Earth Wall because the ancient Chinese believed heaven to be round and earth to be square.
The main building is the Hall of Prayer for God Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Circular Mount Altar.