Temple of Heaven
Tiantan Road, Chongwen District, Beijing
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- Recommended for:
- Couples, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Chilling out, Education, Escaping the crowds, People watching
Expert review of Temple of Heaven
In shabbier south Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is a conduit with the cosmos, a numerically symbolic altar of vital importance during Imperial times. The Emperor, known as the ‘son of heaven’, would travel south from the Forbidden City before the winter solstice to pray here for a bounteous harvest. These days, tourists swell between the Round Alter and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, but I prefer to wander the surrounding 267 hectare park amongst cypress trees and neatly trimmed lawns, to watch the locals warble revolutionary songs, ‘jam’ on traditional instruments, line dance, crack whips, and other leisurely pursuits.
Tickets cost around 30 RMB, but if you just want to explore the park you can buy a 10 RMB entrance ticket that excludes the temple buildings. Audio guides are available for an extra 40 RMB plus deposit.
More information on Temple of Heaven:
- Price guide:
- Landmark / monument, Park / garden, Religious site
- Tiantan Road, Chongwen District, Beijing
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Daily 6am-10pm (park), Daily 8am-4pm (temple buildings)