Beijing – The Temple of Heaven

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The Temple of Heaven was my favorite excursion of the day.  I enjoyed the Forbidden City, Imperial Garden and Summer Palace.  However, the detail in the Temple of Heaven was just stunning.  It was built in the early 1400s just like the Forbidden City.  The Emperor during that era is regarded as a great leader….according to our tour guide.  He definitely created a lot of jobs for his people.

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My selfies have improved. I still can’t believe this was taken with my phone! My only regret- you cannot tell how crystal clear the sky was during my visit.  You can probably tell it was chilly though!

The temple was used to pray for good harvest.  Now it’s the most famous temple in Beijing.  I took so many pictures of it.  The detail was truly amazing.  We only spent 20 minutes at the Temple of Heaven.  Our whole group definitely wanted more time there.  The Temple of Heaven was the last visit on Day 1 of my Viator tour.  We went to the Forbidden City, Imperial Garden, a pearl factory and Temple of Heaven.  It also included a lunch.  The total was ~$55 US.

I’m really glad I visited some of these sights in Beijing when it was so cold.  It was pretty crowded.  I cannot imagine what it would be like in warmer weather.  If you can handle it, traveling to these sights during the winter months might be ideal if avoiding big crowds is desired.  The Forbidden City was probably the biggest crowd I saw during my three days in Beijing.  It was actually the coldest when we went there too because if was our first stop and we arrived at 8a.

Up next:  Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, culture in Beijing, FOOD!, and a visit to a famous neighborhood or hutong of Beijing.

If you missed some of my other adventures in Beijing:

Forbidden City and Imperial Gardens

Great Wall of China

Summer Palace

Thank you and Happy Holidays from Hong Kong!!!