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Temple of Heaven (Tian tan) Tours

A Ming temple, Temple of Heaven or Tian tan was built by the Yongle Emperor, who also built the Forbidden City, as a stage for the important rituals performed by the emperor, or Son of Heaven. Chief among these were the supplication to the heavens for a good harvest and the Winter Solstice ceremony, which was supposed to ensure a favorable year for the entire kingdom. 

In those days it was believed that heaven was round and earth was square, so the architecture of the buildings (round, set on square bases) and the layout of the park (squared off at the Temple of the Earth end, rounded at the Temple of Heaven end) reflect this belief. 

The buildings are rich in symbolic detail - variations on the number nine, which represented the emperor; coloured glazes which represent heaven and earth; and pillars which represent the months of the year, the seasons and time. There are also echo stones where you can stand to hear your voice reverberate, and a circular echo wall which carries your whisper to the far side of the circle. 

The park is a popular place for morning tai-chi.

Practical Info

You can reach the Temple of Heaven on buses 39, 106, 110, or by underground rail - get off at Chongwnemen, Qianmen or Tiantandongmen.

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Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket

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The Temple of Heaven, constructed during the 15th Century, is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site. The complex contains a number of religious buildings once ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 1 to 8 hrs

From USD $5.99
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and More

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This private day tour is a comprehensive introduction to the most popular attractions in Beijing for visitors who enjoy walking. Spend a day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.00
Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Beijing, Cultural ... 
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Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven in Beijing

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On this dynamic private tour of Beijing, discover world-famous monuments and experience local customs with your friendly local guide. Visit culturally ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Explore the architecture, culture and heritage of Beijing on this private day tour. Follow your personal guide through the massive Forbidden City, UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $63.00
Beijing Historical Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven, ... 
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Beijing Historical Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven

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Get to know Beijing and its amazing history by visiting three of the city's most impressive historic attractions: Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.99
2-Hour Temple of Heaven Private Walking Tour, Beijing, Bus & Minivan Tours
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2-Hour Temple of Heaven Private Walking Tour

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Rewind to China’s Ming and Qing eras on a 2-hour private walking tour of Beijing’s Temple of Heaven. Stroll around this historical religious complex, learning ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.00
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Beijing Full-Day Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace

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Make full use of your time in Beijing and explore the ancient capital’s highlight attractions in one day: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
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Beijing by Bus: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

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This is a full day tour to explore Beijing and visit the city’s renown historical sites like the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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This 2.5-hour tour includes a 1-hour Tai Chi class and the tour of the Temple of Heaven. The temple is located in the southeast of Beijing downtown with a very ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $36.00
Private Tour: Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven plus Peking Duck Lunch, Beijing, Cultural Tours
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Enjoy a full day getting a closer look at the many things that Beijing has to offer, including the most famous imperial palace in the world: The Forbidden ...  Read more

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