Moving to day four in Beijing. Second stop of the day after visiting the oldest mosque in Beijing was the Temple of Heaven. This temple was built in 1420 to be the place where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worship Heaven and offer sacrifices. In return they want more harvests and favorable rain.
Most of the structures were constructed in the Qing Dynasty in compliance with the layout system set in Jiajing's reign of the Ming DYnasty. It is built so that the compound wall done in a semi-circle in the north and a square in the south. Surrounded by double annular walls, the temple is divided into an inner part and an outer part.
The whole area is 273 hectares.
Ancient architectural complexes stand in the inner part including the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, the Circular Mound Altar etc while the outer part lies Divine Music Office to rehearse ritual music for ceremonies. (source is from the information board found at the temple)
As usual, we had to wait for Ms Lili to get our tickets. No tourist place is free to enter without a ticket.
|I wonder how foreigners gonna understand the writings above the counter?|
|Clockwise from upper left: Temple from afar, Temple from the side, Fie on the stairs, |
and Fie and I at the front of the temple.
|Jianxi, a popular game among the Beijing people at the park. See the "ball"?|