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Beijing: Temple of Heaven Ancient Sacrificial UNESCO Tour

Product ID: 207786
Journey back to the Ming and Qing dynasties' emperors' annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvest with your expert guide on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Discover the mystical connection between earth and heaven in Chinese cosmogony.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
Chinese, English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Explore the largest and most representative existing masterpiece among China's ancient sacrificial buildings
  • Uncover the relationship between earth and heaven in Chinese cosmogony – the human world and God's world
  • Admire this national treasure and a must-see relic in its own right
Full description
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Temple of Heaven was described as a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design which simply and graphically illustrates Chinese cosmogony. With a group of 9 people or fewer, your tour guide will lead you to enjoy its magnificent architecture and pleasant grassland, as well as to understand the link to the solemn ceremonies in ancient times during this 2.5-hour tour.

Originally constructed during the Ming Dynasty in 1420, the Temple of Heaven was a sacrificial temple used by emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties to appease the heavens, bring prosperity to the empire, and ensure good crops for the coming year. Sitting in a large park, the three main altars draw in the crowds all year round.

Start at the east gate of the park, follow the Long Corridor to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, where emperors would come to give thanks and pray. Once you’ve caught that perfect Instagram shot, slip away to the Fasting Palace Circular Mound Altar, where an impressive feat of engineering was designed to make sounds travel in a certain way. The Imperial Vault of Heaven, with the Echo Wall that encircles it, will be your next stop.
  • English tour guide service
  • Entrance ticket to the Temple of Heaven
  • Entrance ticket to the Circular Mound Altar
  • Entrance ticket to the Echo Wall
What’s Not Included
  • Transportation to the Temple of Heaven
  • Lunch

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

The ground level of Tiantandongmen station, line 5, Exit B. In front of the Weidomei Bread Shop. Your tour guide will be waiting for you with a GetYourGuide logo.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

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    5 / 5
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    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    4 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Easy meeting with the guide (William), very good knowledge of language and history, very pleasant manner.

October 5, 2019

It is a nice compound but you can't see the interior of the temples. You have to push your way through the crownd to get a peek at the temple which is not lit. The whole tour is seen only from the outside with no access to the interior of the temples

September 2, 2019

A lot of information about the Temple of Heaven, some not learned. Guide should know which sections are open on which days.

August 31, 2019

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Product ID: 207786