Monday, February 6, 2012

Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China

Living in Beijing, China for more than one month, it became my daily habit to check out from my apartment's window every morning and looked forward for clear sky. During my stay in Beijing, China, I remembered that a total of less than 10 days were filled with bright and clear sky. Most of the time, Beijing was polluted by dirty air (haze). Sometimes, the haze was very bad until I couldn't breathe and see the landscape buildings from the streets.

The most hazy day in Beijing, China

It appeared that on one Sunday morning, it was filled with clear blue sky after a long heavy rain and thunderstorm on the previous night. We decided to make a trip to Temple of Heaven in Beijing downtown. The Temple of Heaven has been listed as one of the World Cultural Relics by the UNESCO. Temple of Heaven, which is also known as Altar of Heaven (or Tian Tan in Mandarin), was held and mainly visited by Emperors during Ming and Qing dynasties for prayer ceremonies to Heaven.

The Temple of Heaven is divided by two sections thus, it is highly advisable to purchase the combination ticket at the price of RMB35 per person. As you enter the giant doors of the temple, you are required to show your tickets.

The Map of Temple of Heaven

The main entrance to Temple of Heaven

8 Burning Stoves for burning offerings during prayer ceremonies

Firewood Stove was used to cook calf meat as an offering to God of Heaven during the prayer ceremonies

Prayer of ceremonies was held over here during the Ming and Qing dynasties

Chinese Emperors would enter through the main (middle) entrances only. This is a reason why all the middle entrances are closed to the public at all attraction sites.

The main attraction: Temple of Heaven which is always filled with locals and tourists

Queuing to take a look at the prayer ceremony hall

Dragon design can be seen everywhere on the ceilings and walls to symbolize imperial power and longevity of the Chinese Emperors.

Prayer Ceremony Hall in the Temple of Heaven

The front view of Temple of Heaven

The rear view of Temple of Heaven

Prayer Ceremony Hall in another building

Flowery and scenery designs at the park

The resting area for the Chinese Emperors for fasting before the praying ceremonies


The resting area for the Chinese Emperors for fasting before the praying ceremonies

A giant bronze bell


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