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Short Taste of Ancient Beijing

Coming to the capital city with long and glorious history but not traveling around is really a pity. With limit travel time, I surf the internet. "Half Day Temple of Heaven Tour", oh that's great! The tour didn't disappoint me and I did have a wonderful time.

Picked me up on departure time, during the half day tour, the English speaking tour guide told me a lot of the history about Beijing and the Temple of Heaven. Beijing has more than 3000 years of the city history and there are about 200 tourist attractions opened to the public at present such as the world's largest palace - Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, the Imperial Garden - Summer Palace and Yuanmingyuan, Badaling Great Wall, Mutianyu Great Wall, etc. This afternoon I visited one of them - Temple of Heaven.

Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests

Temple of Heaven is located in the southeastern part of Beijing which was built in the Ming Dynasty and was the place of ancient Ming and Qing dynasties emperors to worship the heaven. Also it was recognized as a "World Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO. The tour guide led me to the main structures of the tourist destination - Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Circular Mound Altar. Imperial Vault of Heaven is surrounded by the Echo Wall and the Circular Mound Altar is an empty circular platform. While the main building is Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests also called "Qinian Palace" in Chinese. With gilded eaves colored blue, the total height of Qinian Palace is 38 meters high covering an area of more than 5900 square meters. The main architectural design of Temple of Heaven is outstanding the vast sky, lofty, and show the supreme of "heaven". Standing there, I really enjoyed its grand view and atmosphere.

After a half day tour to the Temple of Heaven, in the evening I went to Houhai Bar Street to experience Beijing nightlife. Different from my hometown, here is quiet and comfortable. Viewing the beautiful scenery along Houhai while enjoying the wine is really nice!