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Top 10 Beijing by Andrew Humphreys

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Temple of Heaven (Tiantam)

It was here that the emperor would make sacrifices and pray to heaven and his ancestors at the winter solstice. As the Son of Heaven, the emperor could intercede with the gods on behalf of his people and pray for a good harvest. Off-limits to the common people during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the temple complex is now fully open to the public and attracts thousands of visitors daily, including many local Chinese who come to enjoy the large and pleasant park in which the monuments are set.

  • Tian Tan Dong Lu (East Gate), Chongwen

  • 6702 8866

  • Subway: Tian Tan Dong Men

  • Park open: 6am–9pm daily. Temple open: 8am–5:30pm

  • Admission to temple: ¥35. Admission to park: ¥15.

  • Audio guides are available for ¥40

  • www.tiantampark.com

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