The Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Tours – Beijing, China

The Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

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Tiantan Gongyuan, China, Beijing
Hours : 8:00am to 5:30pm (although the park opens at 6:00am to 8:00pm)

About this place

The Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) is one of Beijing’s most distinctive landmarks and often appears on the cover of city and tourist guides.  The most impressive building in the park is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. The structure’s three-tiered roof and golden dome are certainly among Beijing’s most recognizable symbols.        


This beautiful temple is situated in the middle of one of Beijing’s biggest and most-beloved parks. The park can be entered through a number of gates, but most visitors enter through the East Gate.  The park is very tranquil and is an ideal place to stroll and escape the bustle of the city just outside the temple walls.  If you are lucky you may get to hear some impromptu traditional Chinese music as many locals often gather to play traditional musical instruments and sing. Others come to the park to engage in other activities such as dancing, flying kites, practicing tai chi or playing cards and board games. 


The temple was built in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty. It is said that on the day of the winter solstice the Emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties would go from the Forbidden City to the Temple of Heaven to offer sacrifices such as jade, silk, porcelain and animals to the heavens as well as to pray for good harvests.  However, this system of sacrificial worship was abolished in 1912.  The northern part of the park is semi-circular and is said to represent the heavens. Conversely, the south part of the park is square and is said to represent the earth.


The Echo Wall and the Three Echo stones are known for their impressive acoustics. However, as hearing the echos requires silence, it is unlikely that you will actually hear your own echo as there are bound to be other visitors milling about at the same time as you.  The Echo Wall is under repair until November 30th, 2006.

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By Julia Zhu,

Tours and events, Interpreting across China starting from USD120

A place for the emperors to worship the God of Heaven for a good harvest. You can go there to see people doing morning exercises.
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By Gedeon,

French and English Guide from Switzerland!

<p>Personally I think this is the most beautiful place in Beijing!</p>
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By tourguideleo,

A professional tour guide in beijing ,Make your tour perfect.

<p>&nbsp;AsThe biggest imperial worshiping area,locate 2.5kilometers southeast of forbidden city ,temple of heaven has a history over 600years.the hall of prayer for good harvest is the main building ,from here, you will learn more about the &nbsp;Chinese worshipping process during the Ming and Qing dynasty.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
The history of Tiantan

By Dorisica1990,

FEEL CHINA. It's beautiful and I'll help you taste it.

<p>The Temple of Heaven is situated in the southern part of Beijing. It was first built in 1420 during the reign of Emperor Youngle of the Ming Dynasty, during the time when the Forbidden City and some other important imperial structures were constructed. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Temple of Heaven was the place where the emperors came to worship the God of Heaven and prayed for good harvest. It is not only the largest group of temple buildings in China, but also the largest more
Can u believe that, i am now in Beijing and already went to many places these days.
<p>We were at Temple of heaven on Monday morning, the tour guide said it used to be served Ming and Qing dynasty emperors as a vast scared space to perform ceremonial rites on behalf of the Chinese nation.<br /> Besides the Temple of the Heaven, it also includes a large verdant park that`s worth visiting on its own, especially in the early morning when limber septuagenarians practice calisthenics. The Temple of Heaven incorporates several religious structures, the crown jewel of more
Need to go back again!
<p>I think the first time i went to Beijing the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) was with my parents and at that time i was only 4 years old, so can remember anything, only some old pictures can bring me some flashes, but i dont think that`s good enough, i really like Chinese ancient buildings and Temples i want to go back and to see what it is now and feel it with my adult eyes. </p>

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