Temple of Heaven (Tian tan) Tours

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Built by the Yongle Emperor, the Ming Dynasty builder of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven (Tian tan) was a stage for important rituals performed by the emperor, or Son of Heaven. Chief among these were supplication to the heavens for a good harvest and the winter solstice ceremony, meant to ensure a favorable new year. 

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

The UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven ranks among Beijing’s most famous attractions and features on many city tours, along with the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square; some tours include the Great Wall of China. Those with a particular interest in the temple’s history can opt for a private tour to hear more about its rich spiritual symbolism. It’s also possible to combine a temple visit with a tai chi class in the surrounding park. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Temple of Heaven is a must-see for first-time visitors to Beijing.
  • Many of the outdoor areas surrounding the temple are wheelchair accessible, but the only building accessible to wheelchairs is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
  • Give yourself at least 90 minutes to tour the temple grounds.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

How to Get There
The Temple of Heaven is located in the southern part of central Beijing. You can reach the temple on one of several public buses, or take subway Line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen.

When to Get There
The Temple of Heaven is open daily, but one of the best times to visit is early in the morning when locals show up to practice tai chi, sword fighting, or traditional Chinese dance. Later in the day, you’ll see groups of elderly Beijingers playing chess or cards in the shade of the park’s long corridor.

What’s Nearby
The area near Temple of Heaven park is packed with other worthwhile attractions. The Beijing Museum of Natural History is situated near the temple’s west gate, while the Hongqiao Pearl Market is just across the road from Tiantan Dongmen subway station. Taoranting Park, the Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum, and the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park are also within easy walking distance.
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Address: Tiantan Road, Beijing, China
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Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket

The UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven—a 15th-century imperial altar, once used by Chinese emperors—is one of Beijing’s most popular attractions. Avoid the long wait for admission tickets and get guaranteed direct access with these pre-booked passes. Combo tickets include access to three different parts of the museum: The Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

Make the most of city sightseeing on this private tour of Beijing, which includes a visit to must-see attractions like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and more. Your guide will provide in-depth information about each site's history and significance and will handle all transportation, planning, and logistics so you can just enjoy your trip. A delicious Peking Duck lunch and boat ride in Summer Palace are all inclusive.
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Beijing Private Tour of Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City

Explore the iconic landmarks of Beijing with a private guide who takes you to the Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City for an in-depth experience of the Chinese history and culture in Beijing. Begin at the Temple of Heaven, built by the Yongle Emperor during the Ming Dynasty. In Tiananmen Square, see the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and tMonument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Then continue to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and must-see while in Beijing.
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Beijing by Bus: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Tour the grounds of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about imperial China on this full-day coach tour around Beijing. Visit the monuments of Tiananmen Square, then follow your guide through the immense Forbidden City complex. Continue to the Temple of Heaven then drive out of the city to the nearby Summer Palace. Tour the magnificent imperial gardens and visit the marble boat made for a 19th-century empress. Your tour includes stops for lunch and at a pearl market before your return to Beijing.
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Private Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven in Beijing

Discover the magnificent monuments and cultural highlights of Beijing on a full-day private tour of the city. Accompanied by a knowledgeable private guide, visit impressive landmarks like Tiananmen Square and absorb the ancient majesty of UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites like the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. Satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a locally prepared Chinese lunch and join locals in ancient customs like tai chi. Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of a tailored itinerary and receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour.
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Private Tour: Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven plus Peking Duck Lunch

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing and entertainment in Beijing on a tour that includes visits to the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. Get a glimpse of imperial China while touring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven with your informative guide. Afterward, enjoy a classic lunch that stars a favorite dish: Peking duck.
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2-Day Private Beijing Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall

Discover the top attractions in Beijing with a private guide during this 2-day tour. Get an in-depth tour of the Great Wall of China and the immense Forbidden City complex—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven. You’ll also take a rickshaw tour of Beijing’s hutongs to experience the rich cultural heritage of these historic neighborhoods. Your tour includes airport and hotel transfers, lunches, and admission fees.
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Beijing Private Culture Experience with Imperial Lunch

Delve deep into Beijing’s rich culture on this 8-hour private experience. Admire the UNESCO-protected Temple of Heaven, Jingshan Park, and Drum and Bell Towers; and explore the ‘hutong’ neighborhoods of courtyard homes and narrow lanes by foot and rickshaw. View a courtyard home, take a lake cruise, and savor an imperial-style lunch. Plus, learn a traditional craft like paper-cutting at a family home. Entrance fees, private transport, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Full-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Tour Beijing with a private guide to see top attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Start with a tour of the Temple of Heaven and a tai chi lesson, then visit Tiananmen Square’s monuments, followed by the impressive complex that makes up the Forbidden City. After lunch, head to the Summer Palace to experience the lovely gardens and grounds with your guide.
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Temple of Heaven Private Tour and Tea Tasting at Maliandao Tea Street

Enjoy visiting the Temple of Heaven with this private, 4-hour tour, including round-trip transport from your Beijing accommodation. Explore the temple, and see the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Imperial Vault of Heaven. Then, head over to Maliandao Tea Street, and sit down at a local tea house to experience a traditional tea ceremony, and get the chance to taste tea, too.
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Beijing Day Tour of the Temple of Heaven, Beijing Zoo and the Lama Temple

Take in some of Beijing’s most iconic sights including the Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple and giant pandas at Beijing Zoo. Tour the Temple of Heaven and learn about its importance to the imperial families of China, then watch local people doing their morning exercise outside in the park. Stop at a silk factory to see how silk is produced, then head to the Lama Temple, an significant Tibetan Buddhist Temple that houses a giant Maitreya Buddha statue. Have lunch, then go visit the giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo.
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Private Customized Shore Excursion from Tianjin Port to Beijing

If you’ve got limited time in Beijing, opt to see the city your way on a private shore excursion—guaranteed to provide a comprehensive introduction to China’s capital. Choose from recommended attractions that include Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), Forbidden City (Imperial Palace), Temple of Heaven (Tian tan), and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang), and relax as you’re transported with your chosen attractions with ease.
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Temple of Heaven and Tai Chi Tour

This combination tour includes a tai chi class where you will learn about the health benefits of this martial arts practice, as well as some basic gestures. Then visit the Temple of Heaven, a complex of religious building used for harvest ceremonies during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
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2-Hour Temple of Heaven Private Walking Tour

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 about its architecture and spiritual symbolism. Visit the Hall of Prayer of Good Harvests, where emperors prayed for fruitful harvests, and see the Imperial Vault of Heaven, Circular Mound Altar, and more. Plus, stroll around the temple park, seeing Beijing’s older citizens perform their morning exercises. Entrance fees and hotel pickup included.
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Cover the best of China from top to bottom during this thrill-packed, multi-day adventure to Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, and Shanghai. Enjoy VIP perks like five-star accommodation and all-inclusive domestic flight and high-speed train tickets. Take in world-renowned sights like the Terracotta Warriors and the Forbidden City, plus exciting extras like a river cruise, dance show, and more.
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Private City Tour By Public Transportation: Temple Of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City

Travel like the locals — on public transportation — during this 6-hour private tour of Beijing’s landmarks. With a dedicated guide, visit the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven.
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Private Half-Day Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple Tour by Metro

Visit two of Beijing’s most beautiful temples on this private half-day tour. Ride the Beijing metro like a local, marvel at the Temple of Heaven, and see the priceless Maidala Buddha statue at Lama Temple. Hotel pickup and entrance fees are included.
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Private City Tour: Temple of Heaven, Hongqiao Market, Acrobatic show and Beijing Duck Dinner

Spend an afternoon and evening seeing some of Beijing’s highlights with a knowledgeable guide. Start with a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Temple of Heaven, an important place of worship for the Ming and Qing imperial courts. Outside in the park, see local people practicing Tai Chi before continuing to a silk factory and Hongqiao (Pearl) Market — famous for its pearl vendors. Watch an acrobatics show at the Jinsha theater then wind down your tour with a delicious dinner starring Peking duck, a classic Beijing specialty.
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Small Group Beijing City Tour

See Beijing's top attractions and UNESCO World Heritage sites on a small-group tour led by a knowledgeable guide who shares detailed commentary on contemporary and imperial China. Visit the Temple of Heaven (Tian tan), Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park, stopping to admire the ancient city's Ming-era architecture and learn about the powerful Chinese emperor. Your guide sheds light on China's history with your small group, which is limited to 12 people for a more intimate experience, and includes subway transport, entrance fees and lunch.
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All Inclusive Private Tour: Forbidden City and Summer Palace with Peking Duck Lunch

Visit some of Beijing’s historical treasures on a full-day tour that delights the senses. Enjoy the visual splendor of the imperial court as you tour three iconic sites with your guide: the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and the Summer Palace with its classical gardens. Then relax over a lunch of Peking duck, a favorite dish for centuries.
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Private Day Tour including Temple of Heaven, Tai Chi Lesson, Rickshaw, and Hutong Family Lunch

Experience Beijing’s Temple of Heaven, old ‘hutongs’ and love of Tai Chi on this full-day private tour. Tour the imperial Temple of Heaven complex, and enjoy an outdoor Tai Chi class followed by a rickshaw ride through the alleyways of a traditional ‘hutong’ neighborhood. Visit a family home for a dumpling-making session and lunch before learning about hutong life at a hutong museum. Includes private transport, entrance fees, and central hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Beijing Walking Tour: Temple of Heaven and Hongqiao Market

Go on a Beijing adventure on foot during this 3-hour walking tour, where you’ll explore the Temple of Heaven and the Hongqiao Pearl Market. First see the Temple of Heaven, and pass by its most popular landmarks, such as Danbi Bridge and the Imperial Vault of Heaven. Then head on to Hongqiao Pearl Market, and use the bartering skills your guide teaches you to snag items at cheaper prices.
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3-Night Best of Beijing Private Tour

Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites and gain insight into imperial China on this 3-night private tour of Beijing. Your tour takes in key landmarks including the Temple of Heaven and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the Forbidden City, the imperial gardens at the Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. See the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and have time to explore the site. Travel by private vehicle with your guide, who can offer customized commentary according to your interests. Have the option to include accommodation if you wish.
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All Inclusive Private City Tour: Temple of Heaven, Beijing Zoo and Boating at Summer Palace

Discover the best of Beijing on this city tour that includes a boat ride and a tea ceremony. Visit the Temple of Heaven, watch giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo, and enjoy boating to the Summer Palace, where you can admire the gardens and lake. Entrance fees and lunch at a local restaurant are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Hour Beijing Walking Tour including Temple Of Heaven and Local Breakfast

This 4-hour morning tour combine seeing, learning, experiencing ,sightseeing and making memories. Come and experience the sights, local life smells, sounds, and tastes of Beijing's original heritage district. With an experienced guide, taste Beijing classic breakfast foods and then visit a local morning market while learning and seeing about the unique history of the area with your private tour guide.Afterward, visit the World Culture Heritage Site Temple of heaven. Visit the Hall of Prayer of Good Harvests, where emperors prayed for fruitful harvests, and see the Imperial Vault of Heaven, Circular Mound Altar, and more. Plus, stroll around the temple park, seeing Beijing’s older citizens perform their morning exercises. Private guide, breakfast , temple of heaven entrance included.
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