West Heavenly Gate

Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

This ornamental gateway will take you towards the main sights if you enter the park at the main west gate.

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Nearby Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South attractions

1. Fasting Palace

0.11 MILES

This palace complex close to the West Heavenly Gate was used by the emperor for three days prior to conducting the winter solstice ceremony at the Round…

2. Divine Music Administration

0.18 MILES

Music, song and dance were integral components of the arcane rituals performed by the Emperor at the Temple of Heaven, and here is where the ranks of…

3. Rose Garden

0.22 MILES

One of the most pleasant spots in the Temple of Heaven Park, especially when the roses are in bloom.

4. Beijing Natural History Museum

0.35 MILES

New York and London needn't fret: Beijing's Natural History Museum isn't going to rival their august institutions any time soon. Not with exhibits that…

5. Red Stairway Bridge

0.39 MILES

This grand walkway leads north from the Imperial Vault of Heaven to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.

6. Temple of Heaven Park


An oasis of methodical Confucian design, the 267-hectare Temple of Heaven Park is unique. It originally served as a vast stage for solemn rites performed…

8. Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

0.42 MILES

The crowning glory of the Temple of Heaven is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, its triple-eaved roof canopy of glazed blue tiles reflecting its…