Morning Stroll in Temple of Heaven

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Plan your Beijing tour? For most first-time visitors, Temple of Heaven (Tiantan Park) is one of the must-see attractions in Beijing. It is an ancient sacrificial altar where the emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 – 16440 prayed for good harvest.

Feeling the Vibe of Temple of Heaven in the early Morning

Its impressive ancient architectures and profound cultures have captured people’s imagination. They are also the valuable heritage of ancient culture of China.

In addition, if you could visit Temple of Heaven in the early morning, you will be pleasant to find the real and vivid local morning activities. Most of them are retired citizens, playing card games, a bunch of activities like dancing, Tai Chi, singing and badminton and generally just enjoying life.

Just follow me to stroll around the big park of Temple of Heaven and have a view of local social life in the park as well.

When and How to get there

Temple of Heaven is open at 6:30am. You may take the subway line 5 and get off at the station of Tiantan Dongmen ( Temple of Heaven East Gate) and exit from the Exit C.

Then cross the north-south Tiantan Donglu ( East Temple of Heaven Road), you will see the east gate to the Temple of Heaven.

Entering the east gate to Temple of Heaven ( Entrance fee: RMB15), you will see the park is well treed and groomed with rows of pine trees and manicured bushes.

you will see the park seting is well treed and groomed
you will see the park seting is well treed and groomed

Soon, on your right hand, you will come to a playground that is equipped with a number of exercise facilities where the people are doing various exercises.

Most of them are retired citizens with yearly park passes and come to the park nearly everyday.

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Horizontal Bar
Horizontal Bar
People standing in a circle playing qigong
People standing in a circle playing qigong
The Temple of Heaven Long Corridor leading to the Hall of Prayer in the park.
The Temple of Heaven Long Corridor leading to the Hall of Prayer in the park.
Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years
Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years

The main attraction inside the park is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest that is open at 8:00am. Before its opening time, you may have a look at its impressive dome from outside the wall that circles the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest.

the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest
the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

Along the axis, walk to the south and soon you will see the Imperial Vault of Heaven with a lovely roof, where the emperors sacrificed animals and burned incense sticks to pray for good weather for the crops.

You will see more social life in the park with cool shades, meadows and neatly arranged pine trees where people are doing morning exercises.

more social life in the park
more social life in the park
Doing Tai Chi
Doing Tai Chi

Circular Mound Altar: Used to worship Heaven at the winter solstice where the principal construction is a large round marble terrace named the Circular Mound.

Circular Mound Altar
Circular Mound Altar
An old man writing chinese calligraphy with a big brush dipped in water
An old man writing Chinese calligraphy with a big brush dipped in water

Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Beijing guided tours:

Beijing Day Tour
Beijing Tour Packages
Beijing Winter Tour
Beijing Autumn Tour
Great Wall Tour
Car Rental in Beijing
Beijing Tours
China City Tours
China Tour

Further Readings


Best Time to Visit Beijing
How to plan a trip to Beijing

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
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Wangfujing Walking Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Gui Jie ( Ghost Street) Food Street

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