Temple of Heaven 天壇
The Temple of Heaven in photos
Presentation of the Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is located southeast of Tiananmen Square in Beijing. It is in the heart of a park of 270 hectares. This sacred building hosted the rites and religious celebrations led by the emperor.
Built in 1420, this ensemble meets the Chinese cosmology. We find the opposition between Yin and Yang, between Heaven and Earth and the symbols of figures. It was forbidden to the people. Only the emperor could access it, the Temple of Heaven was a gateway to the heavenly world.
The emperor was to attend at least three ceremonies a year. The most important were: the winter solstice, the first moon of the year and the month of June to pray for good harvests. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is the most spectacular part of the palace.
Useful information :
Plan 3-4 hours for the visit.
Chinese name : Tiāntán – 天坛
Metro line 5, get off at Tiantan East Gate 天坛 东门, exit A.
Ticket prices :
– April to October: 15¥ for park alone, 34¥ for park and temples.
– November to March: 10¥ for park alone, 30¥ for park and temples.
– April to October: the park is open from 6:00 to 21:00 (6:00am to 9:00pm). The temples are open from 8:00 to 18:00 (8:00am to 6pm).
– November to March: the park is open from 6:30 to 21:00 (6:30am to 9:00pm). The temples are open from 8:00 to 17:30 (8:00am to 5:30pm).
Tip: If you come early in the morning, you will avoid crowds and will be able to practice Taichi before starting your visit.