Temple of Heaven Park

Gateway to the Temple of Heaven

Gateway to the Temple of Heaven by Trey Ratcliff. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

The Temple of Heaven in Beijing was once one of the most sacred locations in all of China. This huge temple complex was for the sole use of the Emperor with the single purpose of worshipping of heaven. The entire site was off limits to ordinary Chinese. Twice a year, on the solstice, a procession would set off from the Forbidden City in the centre of Beijing to the Temple of Heaven. Now the temple complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is used as a large public park and museum. Tourists may come and look a the unique, ancient buildings. The park surrounding the temples is popular with locals and here you can get a view of traditional Beijing park activities with people singing, dancing, playing chess or practising their calligraphy.

Map showing location of Temple of Heaven Park

Above: Location of Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, Beijing, China