NileGuide Expert Says:
"Tiantan" is dripping in history and imperial significance. Grab a friend and share a secret across the Echo Wall at the Imperial Vault of Heaven. Crowd into the middle of Circular Altar, which the Chinese believe to be the point at the center of the universe.
Tian Tan North Road
100050 Beijing, China
tel: +86 (0)10 6702 2242
Outer Park: 6a-9p daily; Inner Park: 8a-6p daily
NileGuide Expert tip:
Although the main sites of Tian Tan can be completed in a short time, to see everything within the extensive grounds will take a day at least. The Temple of Heaven is extremely busy during Chinese holidays as locals and Chinese tourists gather to pray for good luck and fortune in the coming months.
Located in the South-eastern area of Beijing, the Temple of Heaven is a stunning set of buildings completed in 1420 for prayer and worship. The Temple covers 2.73 square km of gardens and buildings, built to strict philosophical requirements. The centrepiece of Tian Tan is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests. This 38-metre high tower is intricately decorated both inside and out, and is one of the most famous landmarks within the city. Extensive renovation of the site took place in 2006, with the Temple of Heaven recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1998.