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Morning Stroll in Temple of Heaven

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
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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.

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 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.

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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People standing in a circle playing qigong
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.

The Temple of Heaven Long Corridor leading to the Hall of Prayer in the park.

Some retired citizens are playing cards, singing or playing instruments inside the long corridor.
Old cypress trees are worth having a close look. Some of the cypresses are more than 600 years.
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

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

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 guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


How to Visit Grand Canal in Hangzhou.
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
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.