- Penang to Bangkok
- Bangkok to Beijing
- Hotel G Beijing
- Exploring Beijing
- Exploring Beijing - The Great Wall at Mutianyu
- Exploring Beijing - The Forbidden Palace
- Exploring Beijing - Temple of Heaven
- Novotel Beijing Peace
- The Duck Hunt
- Food in Beijing
- Beijing to Harbin on Air China
- Food in Harbin
- Ibis Harbin
- Exploring Harbin
- Sun Island Park Harbin
- Harbin Ice & Snow World
- Harbin to Shanghai via Beijing on Air China
- Shanghai to Singapore on SQ
Temple of Heaven was the last major attraction we visited while we were in Beijing. From our hotel in Wangfujing, it is an easy 15 minute subway ride away. The closest stop is Tiantandongmen. We arrived around shortly after breakfast around 10 am and as usual, there was already a crowd at the entrance but the line for tickets wasn't too long.
Surprisingly, we noticed a couple of tour groups already finishing their tour and leaving the place. The tour probably just brought them to the main temple quickly, took some pictures and got the hell out of there. Another reason why we don't do organized tours.
|Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests|
|Imperial Vault of Heaven|
|View from the Circular Mound Altar|
|Some musical instrument we couldn't figure out!|
I was also impressed with how neat, clean and organized the place was. The gardens were well kept but too bad it was winter so there wasn't much to see. It felt like visiting one of the gardens in England which my bias self wasn't expecting in China.
|A 500 year old tree|
There is an admission fee (entry to the halls and temples are additional as well) for tourists but I think it was free for locals as the gardens were filled with locals (mostly older folks). There would either hang out and play cards or Chinese chess or join one of those "group" dance activities.