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Temple of Heaven Beijing China

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The Temple of Heaven has been an intricately-designed religious shrine, symbol of China's ruling emperors and house of prayer since the year 1420, almost a century before Christopher Columbus discovered America. The Temple is a favorite tourist destination because of its colorful buildings and grounds, all surrounded by a beautiful park.

 

It covers 270 acres in southeast Beijing, China's capital city. The Temple and park are located about three miles from the city's downtown, and 25 miles from the Beijing International Airport.

 

The park consists of three main groups of buildings: the Earthly Mount, the House of Heavenly Lord and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, the main structure. It's interior is dedicated to ancient symbolism and important numbers. There are four inner pillars, each representing one of the four seasons, and 12 middle pilllars, for the months of the year, and 12 outer pillars, which symbolize the required Chinese prayer sessions of the day.

 

For visitors who wish to stay near the Temple park, there are several hotels close to the site. They include Ausotel Dayu, Jialong Sunny, Ashar, Zhongtang and the Hotspring Business Hotel and Double Happiness Courtyard. You can only guess what extra services could be offered at the last two.

 

The nightly rates of hotels, some luxury and others basic, within walking distance to the Temple of Heaven buildings and park, range from $60 to $110. Some have restaurants that feature both Oriental and Western menus.

 

The current Temple structure is actually a rebuilt and repaired replica of the original. The main structure, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, was hit by lightning and burned down in 1889. Legends say the angry gods punished the Emperor because a caterpillar was about to crawl into the forbidden holy structure. No one other than royalty, including people and creatures, were allowed to even consider entering the sacred structure.

 

Not only did the caterpillar fail to survive the fire, but the furious emperor sentenced 32 court dignitaries to be burned to death for allowing the sacrilege. The Temple continued to be forbidden and holy ground until 1912, after the centuries-old rule of emperors ended and China was declared a republic.

 

Since then, the Temple and grounds have been open to the public as a museum and valued part of Chinese history. The Temple serves as a frequent site for important events, and was the location for the Paralympics torch lighting ceremonies, as part of the August 2008 International Olympics games hosted by Beijing.

 

The facilities are open to visitors daily from 6 am to 10 pm. There are various entry fees, averaging 35 yuan (about $4.50) For more information, check with your hometown travel agency or favorite internet travel site.