Member: Login
English Home | Travel Vista | Attractions | Cities Vista | Experience | Chinese Home |
tailor made
Home
Attractions
China Tours
Destinations
Souvenirs
Culture
Tips
Talks
Search the site:
You are here: Home >> Destinations >> Beijing >> Current Page  
 
Destination Guide
  Overview
Weather Conditions
Best Time to Visit
Attractions & Activities
Dining & Lodging
Related Itineraries
Local Products
Travel Advisories
 
Suggested Itineraries
  China Impression Tours
Yangtze Rriver Cruise
Tibet Advanture
Scenic China Tours
Ethnic Customs Tours
Explore Chinese Culture
  Tri-coloured Tang
Papercutting
Chinese Cheongsam
Traditional Chinese Painting
Chinese Food
 
 

Reservation Center

Find/Book a Tour
Find/Book a Flight
Find/Reserve a Hotel
Get a Chinese Souvenir
 
 
 
 
The Temple of Heaven, a place where the earthly ruler talks to the heavenly emperor




About 2km southeast of the Forbidden City towers Tian Tan, or the Temple of Heaven, where dynastic rulers in China used to worship the heaven. The temple plus subsidiary buildings and a surrounding garden covers an area five times the size of the Forbidden City. As Chinese emperors called themselves Tianzi, or the son of heaven, they had to cede supremacy to the heaven in terms of abiding.

Chinese emperors had many other gods to worship apart from the god of heaven, including the gods of earth, water and war. They also worshipped their ancestors. As a result, religious activities were an important part of their busy work schedule. Temples of various kinds are scattered in Beijing. The best-known are the Temple of Heaven in the south, the Temple of Earth in the north, the Temple of Sun in the east, and the Temple of the Moon in the west. The Temple of Heaven is the grandest of them all.



1. Western Heavenly Gate
2. Danbi Bridge
3. Imperial Vault of Heaven, Glazed Tile Gate
4. Echo Wall, Nine-Dragon Cypress,
5. Circular Mount Altar, Heart of Heavenly Stone
6. Hall of Abstinence, Main Hall of the Palace of Abstinence, Left Parlor of the Main Hall, Sweet Spring Well
7. Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests
8. Gate of Prayer for Good Harvests
9. Double-Circle Longevity Pavilion
10. Eastern Gate



1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 next

Site Map | Join Us | Terms & Conditions | FAQs | Advertise with Us


China Virtual Tours is a part of ChinaVista.com services. 1996-2014, all rights reserved