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Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Tours

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Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)
Built by the Yongle Emperor, the Ming Dynasty builder of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan or 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.
Address: Tiantan Road, Beijing, China
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Temple of Heaven Tickets Booking

Enjoy an easy way to explore one of Beijing’s most popular attractions when you pre-book tickets to the UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven. One of the world’s largest ceremonial complexes, and dating to the 15th century, the temple is renowned for its striking architecture, vibrant interiors, and imperial past. Secure your entry before your trip, and upon arrival, bypass the crowds and head right inside.
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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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Skip the Line: Beijing Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan) Tickets

For Beijingers, the Temple of Heaven is a more important city symbol than the Forbidden City. Experience it without the hassle of Chinese payment apps or the cost of foreign currency transactions when you prebook tickets direct to your phone. Choose between main entrance tickets, with entry to the spacious park, and all-inclusive tickets, which bring you close to the temple complex, including the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
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Rewind to China’s Ming and Qing eras on a 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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Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace LayoverBus Tours

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We will pick you up at Beijing Capital International Airport and drive to the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. You can not only visit the unique garden style of the Summer Palace and the magnificent scenery of the lakes and mountains in the Ming and Qing Dynasties, but also hear many anecdotes about the emperors and monks in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Things, as well as historical and cultural allusions and stories. After listening to the tour guide's profound historical explanation, you will deepen your understanding and resonance of the scenic spot. Our stopover tours are for those who have a longer stopover (more than 9 hours) and want to visit the Great Wall or other attractions between two long flights. We offer a wide range of tours so you can choose the best Beijing attractions you would like to visit. In addition, the highlights of this tour are: There are no tourist traps. No hidden fees. All our airport tours are value for money. We will make sure that your short time in Beijing is worth your lifetime. Note: In order to make this trip possible, your stay must be at least 9 hours or longer (between flights)
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Temple of Heaven and Tai Chi Tour

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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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Don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around the Temple of Heaven in the style of the traditional Chinese Hanfu costume. Get dressed in your favorite Hanfu and other accessories. Then stroll around the Temple of Heaven park with your knowledgable tour guide who will dressed in Hanfu and walk with you, offer the detailed commentary along the way. This is a fun way to experience the culture of the Chinese traditional costume and learn about the history at the same time.
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Particularly for first-time visitors who don’t speak Chinese, a private guide can transform the Beijing experience. Say no to hustlers and discover the city by private car on this door-to-door private tour. Check off two of Beijing’s biggest attractions—Temple of Heaven. A comprehensive package with private driver, entrance fees, and lunch.
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