Temple of Heaven–the Place Where Feudal Emperors Held Ceremonies to Worship Heaven and  Pray for Good Harvests -Beijing

Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Photo 1: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

        Temple of Heaven is the world ‘s largest buildings for worshiping heaven , was originally the place where the emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties worship heaven, was built in the eighteen year of Yongle,Ming Dynasty(1420).

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Beijing

Photo 2: The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Temple of Heaven

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

Photo 3: Indoor Scenes of The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

        Magnificent buildings, rich cultural relics collection, verdant trees, recorded the expectation and hope of ancient Chinese ancestors. It epitomized the Ming and Qing architectural skills, is not only the gems of ancient Chinese architecture, but also the  treasures of the world’s architectural history.

Circular Mound Altar

Photo 4: Circular Mound Altar, Temple of Heaven

Danbi Bridge

Photo 5: Red Stairway Bridge(Danbi Bridge), Temple of Heaven

        Temple of Heaven Park’s area is 2.05 million square meters, with two altars:inner altar and outer altar. Inner Altar is comprised  of two parts:the Circular Mound Altar and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the Circular Mound Altar in the South and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests in the north, are connected by a 360-meter-long Red Stairway Bridge. 

Divine Music Administration

Photo 6: Divine Music Administration, Temple of Heaven

Divine Music Administration

Photo 7: Ancient Musical Instruments in the Divine Music Administration

Ya Yue

Photo 8:  Enjoy Ya Yue(Ceremonial Music)in the Divine Music Administration

        Outer Altar is covered by the forest, the Divine Music Administration is in the southwest,which is the place exercising sacrificial rituals and training ceremonial dancer in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Temple of Heaven

Photo 9: Ancient Cypress Forest in Temple of Heaven

Nine-Dragon Juniper

Photo 10: Nine-Dragon Juniper, Temple of Heaven

        In Temple of Heaven, there are Nine-Dragon Juniper, Hope Lights, Seven Star Stones, Ganquan Well, Widow Firewood Stove, Fei Cui Kan and other Historic Spots. the Temple of Heaven(Tiantan Park) has more than 60,000 various trees, more than 3,500 ancient pines, cypresses and Chinese scholartrees, green area is 1.63 million square meters, the environment is quiet and solemn.

Seven Star Stones

Photo 11: Seven Star Stones, Temple of Heaven

        In 1998, the Temple of Heaven was included in the World Heritage List. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee commented on the Temple of Heaven: the Temple of Heaven is a masterpiece of architectural and landscape design, which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations.

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