The majestic Temple of Heaven in Beijing dates back to the ancient era of Ming and Qing emperors. These were powerful kings who constructed this monument for worshipping their Gods and for sacrificial purposes. The Temple of Heaven has undergone renovation in every century since the 1300s in which its foundations were first laid. Only three decades back, it was opened for the masses as a park. With its rich historical background and ethnic architecture, the Temple of Heaven is one of the most visited places in Beijing.
The Route to the Temple of Heaven
You will begin your journey from the eastern gate of the park. This is the closest spot to the subway. After buying the tickets you will have to travel a 100m distance to get to the Long Corridor. The Long Corridor was anciently used as a transportation route for all sacrificial items and offerings such as fruits.
Today you will find people especially aged ones strolling in the Long Corridor or busy playing games. Walking further for a few more minutes will lead you to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. Here is where the kings used to bow and worship endlessly day, requesting for a good harvest. This Hall is a must-visit site of China. It is 38m tall and stands on a beautiful wooden structure studded with marbles at different places. Multiple tints and blends of yellows, blues and greens give this Hall an aesthetic and holistic aura. Continue reading