Temple of Heaven

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Chongwenmen Dajie, Beijing, China

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drmorrisj drmorrisj
27 reviews
Temple of Heaven: Great pictures when the sky is blue! Nov 30, 2012
Visiting the Temple of Heaven was an interesting experience in that I did not realize how far away it was from my Hotel. When I arrived, I made my way to the front of the line, because not many people knew where the line even started. The temple opened at 8:00AM. With little notice, the door simply opened. Because I like to seize the moment, I simply walked inside and started snapping pictures so that I could acquire them without the masses of people.

I was so excited to be there, because the sky was blue! What a day! Great pictures of a place that I had wanted to see so badly with blue sky! It was another dream come true in that I had seen the Temple of Heaven in pictures so many times, yet wanted to snap it in person. Since it did not take much time to acquire the pictures I decided to move on to the next adventure!
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joeq65 joeq65
17 reviews
Temple of heaven a disappointment. Nov 22, 2011
I found that the temple of heaven was underwhelming. Perhaps I didn't properly appreciate the history of the place. The ticketing system confused me. Apparently you by a ticket that lets you go thru the entire complex and at various points in the process you give a little piece of the ticket to a person. The crowds and large Chinese tour groups combined with the oppressive heat on a late July afternoon were overwhelming. I found the buildings to be need of repair and the 'lines' to see what were inside the buildings were long and frankly a little dangerous. The concept of a line doesn't seem to exist in the china I saw and the shoving and pushing were on full display here.
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Africancrab says:
Thanks for sharing, good entry.
Posted on: Dec 02, 2011
virgotraveler virgotra…
3 reviews
Temple of Heaven May 14, 2011
At first I didn't include it on the list of places to visit in Beijing but then I read articles about it and I realized its significance in the history of Beijing.Aside from the unique architecture of the temple there's actually a lot of things to see and experience within the temple grounds.Early in the morning is the best time to visit it as you can observe Chinese elderly doing all sorts of exercises that would really amaze you. You can also see groups of women dancing to really nice Chinese music.
skyescraper skyescra…
1 reviews
too much of heaven May 24, 2011
One of the hot spot to stop in Beijing!

dont go on sundays.

get a map at the entrance.

nice and relaxing place far from the noise of the centre.

nice garden around the temple.

place is not easy to find if u go by metro.
Airportman Airportm…
230 reviews
Beautiful temple and park Apr 28, 2010
The first 2 times I was here, were only brief visits, part of a tour around Beijing. I only saw parts of the complex and not enough time to really wander around.

This time I was on my own and had plenty of time to wander around. I was there for about 1 hour and found it enough time to see the complex, as well as the park next to it.

If you really want to walk everywhere and see everything, you should add 2 or 3 hours.

The price for a through ticket, allowing you to visit the entire complex (the park is free), you pay 35 yuan, about 4 euros.

The best time to visit is int he morning, when the bus lods of tourists aren't there yet and the local people are in the park doing their daily excercises like tai-chi, aerobics, tennis and dancing.

The temple was used by the emperor to pray for good harvests and is in great condition. This is one of many places that are well maintained.
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Airportman says:
Thank you!
Posted on: Jun 15, 2010
travelstar9 says:
Excellent photographs and informative write up. great work
Posted on: Jun 15, 2010
aloneinthecrowd says:
Ivar, congrats on this feature. Well done :)
Posted on: May 31, 2010
tasha_83 tasha_83
4 reviews
Temple of Heaven Jun 03, 2010
You would want to start the day early for this place as the compound is huge. The price for through ticket is 35 yuan. Rather cheap compared to 60yuan for the Forbidden City. It's a place for long relaxing walks, dont rush.. take your time, breathe it all in, take the view. It is beautiful, not too grand or stuffy, just simple lush of nature. The gardens and walkway are beautiful. Oh ya, dont forget to make a wish while you are there :)
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Johnpro Johnpro
208 reviews
Magnificent and colorful Temple ! Aug 10, 2010
The magnificent and colorful Temple of Heaven (TianTan) was where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would make offerings to heaven and pray for good harvests.

The Temple of Heaven was constructed between 1406 and 1420 during the reign of Ming Emperor YongLe (reign: 1403-1424), who also oversaw the creation of the Forbidden City during the same period.

The Temple of Heaven was originally established as the Temple of Heaven and Earth, but was given its current name during the reign of Ming Emperor JiaJing (reign: 1522-1567), who built separate complexes for the earth, sun and moon. The Temple of Earth (DiTan) can be found in north Beijing. The temples of the sun and moon are in the east and west of Beijing.

Must see temple!

Some photos also uploaded .
stevemco stevemco
33 reviews
Temple of Heaven in Beijing Oct 31, 2009
You'll need about 4 hours to see the temple and grounds.
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princeza_9 princeza…
40 reviews
A Beautiful Park in the middle of Beijing Mar 10, 2008
For a city the size of Beijing, there are quite a few parks. Tiantan Park and the Temple of Heaven are a must visit on the list of things to do/see in the capital. You can easily spend a leisurely afternoon wandering around. It is 30-35 RMB for a Through Pass that lets you into the buildings, including the Temple. A map is another 10 yuan, and although not necessary, it's worth it just for the artistic beauty.

This would be a good place for a picnic, though it might get crowded in the summer. Definitely bring a camera and see all that the park has to offer!
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