Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South attractions

Top Choice Park in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Temple of Heaven Park

A tranquil oasis of peace and methodical Confucian design in one of China’s busiest urban landscapes, the 267-hectare Temple of Heaven Park is absolutely unique. It originally served as a vast stage for solemn rites…
Taoist Site in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

The most visually striking structure in the Temple of Heaven complex, this magnificent hall mounted on a three-tiered marble terrace is supported by pillars made of pine wood imported during the Qing dynasty from Or…
Watchtower in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Southeast Corner Watchtower & Red Gate Gallery

This splendid fortification, with a green-tiled, twin-eaved roof rising imperiously south of the Ancient Observatory, dates to the Ming dynasty. Mount the battlements for views alongside camera-wielding Chinese trai…
Museum in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Běijīng Red Star

Set up by the government-owned Red Star báijiǔ (literally ‘white alcohol’; a face-numbing spirit) company, this museum is dedicated to the 'drink for the people'. There are no English captions but it takes you throu…
Museum in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Běijīng Planning Exhibition Hall

It doesn’t see much foot traffic, but a lot of thought has gone into making this modern museum a visitor-friendly experience. True, it strains every sinew to present Běijīng’s gut-wrenching, hútòng-felling metamorph…
Landmark in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Round Altar

The Round Altar in Temple of Heaven Park is all about the number nine. Odd numbers were considered sacrosanct in imperial China and nine is the highest single-digit odd number. This white marble structure dates to 1…
Historic Site in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Fasting Palace

Used by the emperor while he was abstaining from food and drink (and women) prior to the winter solstice ceremony, the dry moat around this attractive pavilion in Temple of Heaven Park is now mostly home to feral ca…
Architecture in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Echo Wall

One of the most popular sights at Temple of Heaven Park, thanks to its unique acoustic properties which allow a whisper at one end of the 65m wall to be heard at the other end.
Notable Building in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Animal Killing Pavilion

This pavilion in Temple of Heaven Park was used for the ritual slaughter of animals during ceremonies.
Walls in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Ming City Wall Ruins Park

This slice of restored Ming Inner City Wall runs along the length of the northern flank of Chongwenmen Dongdajie and is attached to a slender strip of park. It's all that is left of the original 24km-long city wall,…