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Temple of Heaven

Inscribed: 1998 Criteria: C (i) (ii) (iii)

The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven: the human world and God's world? Which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship.


China world heritage site-Temple of Heaven

Occupying a total area of 273 hectares, the Temple of Heaven situated in the southern part of Beijing. It was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvest. The construction was built in 1420.

In Ming and Qing dynasties the emperors came to the Temple of Heaven twice a year, on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month and on the winter solstice. Both heaven and earth were worshipped at first. The Temple of Earth was built in 1530,then the Temple of Heaven became to the only place to worship the Heaven.

There are 3 most famous highlights in the Temple of Heaven, The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, the Imperial Heaven Vault and the Circular Mound Altar. In the Imperial Heavenly Vault, there is a special stone called Triple Sound Stone. If a person stand on the first stone and calls out, the sound will be echoed once, on the second stone the echo will be heard twice, and on the third stone, the sound will be repeated three times.

• Hour:
The scenic spots inside the Temple of Heaven:
From March 1 to June 30: 8:00------17:30
From July 1 to October 31: 8:00——18:00
From November 1 to February 28: 8:00——17:00
• Interpretation Service:
Automatic guide
①place:Four gates of the park
③language:Chinese、English、French、Spanish 、German、Russian 、Japanese、Korean Portuguese 、Italian and so on.
④charge:Rent: CNY ¥40;Deposit:CNY ¥100
Tour Guide
①place:The tourist service center at the south gate of the park
④charge:According to the number of people
⑤Attention:Guided require advance reservations 2 days
• Battery Cart Service:
①charge:CNY ¥5 Route:From the west gate to the main scenic spot
CNY ¥20 Route:All the scenic spots of the park
②time:Slack Season:9:00——16:00
Busy Season:8:30——16:30


Ticket Type Nov.1-Mar.31 (next year) Apr.1-Oct.31

Entrance Fee

CNY 10

CNY 15

Combination Ticket
(including the entrance fee, Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Circular Mound Altar & Echo Wall)

CNY 30

CNY 35

Hall of Ceremonial Music & Hall of Abstinence

CNY 10

CNY 10

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Circular Mound Altar & Echo Wall

CNY 20

CNY 20

By Subway

Subway Line 5: get off at Tiantan Dongmen Station, Leave from Exit A and you'll find the East Gate of the Park.

By Bus

Take bus 6, 34, 35, 36, 39, 41, 43, 60, 116, 610, 707, 723, 743, 957, or 958 and get off at Tiantan Dongmen (East Gate) Station.
Take bus 36 (环), 53, 120, 122, 525, 610, 800 (内), 803 or 958 and get off at Tiantan Nanmen (South Gate) Station.
Take bus 2, 7, 15, 17, 20, 69, 105, 707, 729, or 826 and get off at Tiantan Ximen (West Gate) Station.
Take bus 6, 34, 35, 36 (环), 106, 110, 687, 707, or 743 and get off at Tiantan Beimen (North Gate) Station.

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