With dancing, singing and Tai Chi going on around you the feeling of community will immediately resonate throughout the Temple of Heaven. Although this is where past emperors would make sacrifices and pray to heaven on the behalf of the country, the real draw of this area is its importance as a home to cultural activities. No age is too high and activity too intimidating for the locals to get out and enjoy the location's beauty and history. This historic temple became a World Heritage Site in 1998 while being chronicled as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations." With philosophical principles in mind the Temple of Heaven is broken up into three portions; The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, The Imperial Vault of Heaven and The Circular Mound Altar. With a square representing the earth and a circle representing heaven, you will be amazed by the symbolism scattered about the grounds.
The Lama Temple represents the most renowned Buddhist temple outside of Tibet and lays out a path from south to north or "earth to heaven." The decorative five main halls each provide a compelling story that eventually mesh into one following your tour. Make sure to check out the prayer wheel which sends your prayer on a coiled paper to heaven with a simple spin. Many consider this location to have the most impressive constructions amongst temples in Beijing.
Departures: 08:00 AM, 09:00 AM, 10:00 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - Stops for lunch are incorporated into each day.
- Lunch is not included in the price. Expect it to cost about 30 USD per person. In Asia it is customary that you pay for your guide's lunch as well.
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Admission to the Temple of Heaven is 6 USD per person.