The Temple of Heaven was the place where the Emperors of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) would worship God of Heaven and pray for prosperity for the whole nation. Now it is Temple of Heaven Park, a nice public park for both travelers and local people.
The Temple of Heaven, founded in 1420, is a dignified complex of fine buildings. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven – the human world and God’s world – which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship.
The temple consists of 3 major parts: Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Imperial Vault of Heaven, and Circular Mound Altar, surrounded by historic pine woods, covering a space of 273 hectares in total. In 1998, it was recognized by the UNESCO as “Heritage of the World”, for 3 criterions:
Apart from seeing some masterpieces of Chinese architectures, visitors can also enjoy watching local people doing exercises here. Everyday there are people playing Taichi, dancing, singing, playing cards, etc, a very relaxing and joyful atmosphere. It is a very good chance to get into the locals.
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