Our Impression - Reasons to visit the Temple of Heaven
This temple is very huge and beautiful and is surrounded by a vast public park. Home to many ancient trees, this is also the greenest place in Beijing.
Three Echo Stones are outside of the gate of the Imperial Vault of Heaven. If you speak facing the Vault while standing on the first stone, you will hear one echo; standing on the second and then the third stone, you will hear two and three echoes respectively. Another interesting and famous place we visited is the Echo Wall. The wall encloses the Imperial Vault of Heaven. If one person stand at the east and the other at the west roots of the wall respectively and you whisper a word, then your will hear clearly what the other one said. Isn't it interesting? The phenomenon utilizes the theory of sound wave.
Visit the Temple of Heaven early in the morning to see thousands of Beijingers starting the day with tai chi.
Hot to get there
The most convenient way for getting there is taking the Subway Line 5 to the Tian Tan Dong Men Station (East Gate). It also can be reached by buses 2, 7, 17, 20, 110, 120, 803, 814, 826 to the West Gate (Tiantan Ximen); or buses 35 and 106 to the North Gate (Tiantan Beimen). Park and historical sights (like the temple) ¥35, park only ¥15. But i recommend to take the full ticket - it's definitely worth it.
Additional infos to the Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is situated in a very large park, more than twice the size of the Forbidden City. As this was to be the space representing Heaven on Earth, symbolically it needed to be bigger than the Forbidden City. It is about 2 kilometers from north to south.
The inner walled area that houses the main structures covers 275 Hectares (2.75 million square meters). Indeed, it is the largest group of constructions for worship in the world.
Just a short stroll away from the historical sights will bring you to peaceful woods and, amazingly, solitude (especially toward the West Gate). The temple itself was the site where the emperor prayed every year for good harvests and fair weather.
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