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Temple of Heaven
Exploring New Heights in Beijing!
Day Trip to Heaven
Heavenly Entrance
The Iconic Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
The Echo of Times
Singing and Laughing
Finding a different kind of "harmony" in Beijing
Temple of Heaven
Exploring New Heights in Beijing!
Day Trip to Heaven
Heavenly Entrance
The Iconic Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
The Echo of Times
Singing and Laughing
Finding a different kind of "harmony" in Beijing
Temple of Heaven

This complex of Taoist religious buildings was constructed in the early 15th century under the Yongle Emperor, who also commissioned the Forbidden City, just to the north. The temple's central building is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, a 38-meter-high (125-foot-high), three-tiered structure atop a three-tiered marble base. The wooden hall was built entirely without nails. Inside, the beautifully painted walls and ceiling make it a riot of color. Don't forget to explore the surrounding park, where elderly Chinese gather to sing, dance, and play traditional instruments.

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Exploring New Heights in Beijing!
Tourists are sure to hit the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square while visiting Beijing. But don't miss the Temple of Heaven, located just south of the Forbidden City exit gates. It's a beautiful walk through gardens and temples, which lead you high above the Beijing skyline. On a clear day, you can see past the Forbidden City, as ancient landmarks meet modern architecture. It's a must see!
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Day Trip to Heaven
Admiring China's stunning architecture on a clear afternoon.
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Heavenly Entrance
The Chinese surely know how to construct an entrance. This is the striking entryway into the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
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The Iconic Temple of Heaven
The Temple of Heaven is a pretty well-known landmark of Beijing, and is, therefore, heavily touristed. All the same, it was certainly worth visiting. The temple itself is very ornate and beautiful, but beyond that was what we found interesting. The park ground surrounding the temple were a cultural window if you looked close enough. Locals gather to play board games, join impromptu choirs, or do dance lessons. There are people jumping, skipping, and singing as they walked through the green grounds. Taking it all in was a bit of a culture shock. Full Account Here: http://aliscottwhatwegetupto.blogspot.ca/2012/03/beijing-day-2.html
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Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven is a place where Emperors of Ming-Qing dynasties used to pray for good harvest and peace, stable society. From the name you might think it only refers to a construction. But it actually contains than one more. I was quiet surprised by its construction based on Chinese philosophy and doctrine and stories behind each building
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The Echo of Times
It was my last week in China after studying with a Qi Gong master and touring medical facilities that our group came to Beijing. This very spot fascinated me. Bending to speak into the rounded wall sent the sound right back to me into my other ear. Even a whisper could be heard. My mind was boggled.
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Singing and Laughing
This man was one of my highlights in the entrance to Beijing's Temple of Heaven. Along the way, I took in the dominoes players, the entertainers, the dancers and the singers - all playing along to the crowd as their forefathers did hundreds of years before.
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Finding a different kind of "harmony" in Beijing
I was wandering around Tiantan Park in Beijing when a sound in the distance beckoned me to investigate. The sound could be described as resonant, raw, and certain strokes were reminiscent of the twang I grew up on in the south. Finally, I recognized it as music. The song was given clarity as I came upon a group of Chinese men and women enjoying their leisure time endowed upon them as elders of the community. Instruments unidentifiable to me were creating a heartfelt melody that attracted many spectators. I felt a respect for these musicians, despite the occasionally piercing sounds they were producing. I appreciated their desire to come together in fellowship, to discover unity during these improvised compositions, and to remain active in spite of age. It was an inspiring moment - unexpected during a casual stroll through the park. After a prolonged moment of observing the gathering of musicians, I continued my exploration of Beijing. All the while humming that unforeseen "harmony" I had discovered earlier in the day.
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