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The Temple of Heaven, a place where the earthly ruler talks to the heavenly emperor




The place was used to keep wooden tablets for worship. It is 19.5 meters high and 15.6 meters around at the base. Built entirely of wood, the vault is supported by eight pillars. The roof has no beams but only a great number of brackets entwined within each other. The ceiling tapers upward to form a beautiful caisson.



Echo Wall


The circular wall surrounding the Imperial
Vault of Heaven is 193.2 meters long, 3.7
meters high and 0.9 meter thick. If one speaks
against the wall at one end, another can hear
his voice at the other end of it.



Nine-Dragon Cypress


The tree outside the Echo Wall was planted 500 years ago. Its twining branches look like nine dragons.



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