Beijing - Zhengzhou. The traveling starts.
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April 28th, 2010 – by: Farore
The temple is a complex of buildings, with the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest as the most important one. The roofs here are blue, the color of heaven. In early days, the roof of this hall were blue, yellow and green (heaven, emperor, earth) but because the earth got her own temple the colors were changed to blue.
After that we went to the Echo Wall, that can transmit sounds over large distances. In the middle of this courtyard is the imperial vault, which hold the tablet of heaven, the most important of all. The buildings on both sides contain other tablets for prayers, like rain, stars etc. After that we walked to the Altar of Heaven. In the middle is a stone, and if you stand on it you can speak to the heavens. On the sides of the altar were big pots where incense was burned, as smoke was a direct connection to heaven, and a firewood stove where animal sacrifices (skins) were burned.
The next stop was Beijing train station. I have never ever seen anything like that. It is really huge. If you think of the fact it has to transport millions of people everyday it might not be that strange, but Amsterdam Central Station is like a miniature compared to that. After all the checkpoints and everything we sat ourselves down for a 5-hour trip to Zhengzhou. When we got there we had dinner and drank something at the hotel before heading to bed.
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