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Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

By Wanderingjoshua

The Temple of Heaven is a popular attraction while exploring Beijing. The temple is a huge complex with a park and ancient but well-maintained structures. It is a good place to stroll around in and learn more about the country's culture and history.

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

The temple complex was originally where the Ming and Qing Dynasties held the Heaven Worship Ceremony. It is a Chinese sacrificial building, and has undergone a number of reconstructions and enlargements over the centuries.

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing


The grounds has a nice park where visitors can take leisurely strolls in after a long day exploring the city.

The temple complex has different sections you can visit, learn more about and explore.

The places I went to inside were the Altar of Prayer for Good Harvest, Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Circular Mound Altar.

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Quick Travel Guide: Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Each section has a distinct use for the sacrificial and worship ceremonies. The area is normally crowded because the complex is a popular destination for both locals and tourists. The garden is a nice place to sit down, relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city just outside its walls.

How to Get to the Temple of Heaven

I took the subway to get to the temple, it's easy, all you need to do is get on a Line 5 train and alight at Tiantan Dongmen Station. Take Exit A then once you get out, look for the East Gate.

Fees are:

  • Entrance: CNY15 for April to October and CNY10 for November to March
  • Combo Ticket: CNY34 for April to October and CNY28 for November to March
  • Divine Music Administration: CNY10

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