The Temple of Heaven was inscribed as a United Nations Education, Science, and Culture Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 1998 and was described as "a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates a cosmogony of great importance for the evolution of one of the world’s great civilizations...", and as the "symbolic layout and design of the Temple of Heaven had a profound influence on architecture and planning in the Far East over many centuries." It is definitely worth a visit!
Visit: Temple of Heaven, BeijingThe Temple of Heaven is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of Beijing City. The complex was the main location for the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to pray to the heaven for good harvest. The construction of the temple complex lasted 14 years (from 1406 to 1420), during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also the launcher of the construction of the Forbidden City. The complex was extended and renamed Temple of Heaven by the Jiajing Emperor in Qing Dynasty, in the 16th century. The Temple grounds cover 2.73 km2 (1.05 sq mi) of parkland and comprises three main groups of constructions, all built according to strict philosophical requirements: Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Imperial Vault of Heaven, and Circular Mound Altar. Definitely worth a visit!