Oldie but Goodie: Touring Beijing’s Temple of Heaven

Beyond, Destinations

When Charles returned from a business trip to China back in 2008, I swooned over his photos. China had always been on my “bucket list.” {Isn’t it on everyone’s bucket list?!?} So when the opportunity arose for us to visit in 2010, I was ecstatic. It wasn’t a super long trip, just under a week, so we honed in on Beijing and Shanghai.

One must-do while in Beijing is Temple of Heaven. Originally built during the Ming Dynasty {1400s…} as a place used to worship the heaven and pray for rich harvests, Temple of Heaven was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Temple of Heaven is much more than a temple, it’s a huge park with three main sections: the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Imperial Vault of Heaven and Circular Mound Altar.

If you ever make it to Temple of Heaven, I hope you enjoy wandering the grounds of the park and taking in the stunning architectural sights. Don’t forget to consider how long ago the Temple of Heaven was built – it’s not like they had access to the tools and technology that’s used in today’s modern architecture!

{Forgive the photo quality – they’re from 2010!}

Tip: the best time to visit is first thing in the morning – crowds in China are no joke and when combined with summer heat {we visited in August…} it can take away from the overall experience.

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