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Daily Digital – Temple of Heaven, Beijing

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Throughout our time in Beijing, we were continually amazed by the sheer size of everything. The expanse of Tiananmen square, the crowded busy maze of the Beijing night markets and the intensity of the city itself. We found so much history and culture from the Great Wall of China to the local neighbourhoods and streets. Our visit to the Temple of Heaven was no exception.

The Temple of Heaven in Beijing is actually a complex of several religious buildings, one of which is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. This colourful circular building set on a marble base was where the Emperor would pray for good harvests. While it burned down in the late 1800s, it was rebuilt again and made entirely out of wood, without a single nail. Within the complex of walkways and beautiful gardens also stand the Imperial Vault of Heaven, The Circular Mound Altar and the Echo Wall. We spent quite a bit of time exploring the grounds and trying to see these buildings as they would have been when they were at their prime. It ended up being a rainy and overcast day when we visited and while it was still busy, we were able to have a little more space than usual to take photos and look at the various exhibits in the different buildings. A popular attraction for tourists, even on rainy days, The Temple of Heaven is a massive testament to the Chinese traditions of centuries past.

 

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