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Top 10 Beijing by Andrew Humphreys

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Top 10Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

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.

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Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

Built in 1420, then rebuilt in 1889, this circular tower, ...

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