The Temple of Heaven is a special altar for the Emperor of the Ming and Qing Dynasties to worship the heavens, ask for rain and pray for the harvest. The north of the altar is round and the south is square, meaning “the place of heaven and earth.”
It is divided into two parts: the inner altar and the outer altar. The northern part of the inner altar is the “Qigutan”. It is the place where the emperor held the Qiugu Grand Ceremony in the spring, mainly including the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests and the Emperor Hall.
In the south, it is the place where the emperor worships the heavens on the winter solstice. It mainly includes the Qiuqiu altar, the emperor and the temple, the kitchen and the sacrificial pavilion.
Play the Temple of Heaven, in addition to the delicate buildings of the various halls, the whispering walls, the three-tone stone and other wonderful design also sighs the wisdom of the ancients.

Tips:
The tour is usually carried out by the South Gate into the North Gate (or East Gate). After visiting the Qiuqiu, Huangfuyu, Danqi Bridge, the Hall of Prayer and the Emperor’s Palace, you can leave.
There is a free Chinese explanation every 20 minutes in the temples of the Temple of Heaven; if you want to know more about it, you can rent a lecturer at the entrance of the four gates.

 

Attractions location:   No.1, Tiantan Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Transportation
1. Bus:
South Gate of the Temple of Heaven: 36, 120, 122 Road.
West Gate of the Temple of Heaven: 2, 20, 120 Road.
North Gate of the Temple of Heaven: 6, 34, 35, 36, 106, 111 Road.
East Gate of the Temple of Heaven: 6, 25, 34, 35, 36, 39, 41, 43, 60, 610, 684, 685, 723, 814.
2. Subway: Take Metro Line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen Station.

Opening hours
April 1st – October 31st Monday – Sunday
06:00-22:00 (open time) stop ticketing time: 20:00
November 1st – March 31st of the following year Monday – Sunday
06:30-22:00 (open time) stop ticketing time: 20:00
Tips:
Opening hours of internal attractions:
High season (April 1st – October 31st) 08:00-17:30 (the door is closed at 16:00)
Off-season (November 1st – March 31st of the following year) 08:00-17:00 (15:30 for the stop ticket)

Ticket
April 1st – October 31st Monday – Sunday
Tickets: Adult ticket 15 RMB / discount ticket 7.5 RMB
Coupon: Adult ticket 34 RMB / discount ticket 17 RMB
November 1st – March 31st of the following year Monday – Sunday
Tickets: Adult ticket 10 RMB / discount ticket 5 RMB
Coupon: Adult ticket 28 RMB / discount ticket 14 RMB
Attractions coupon: 20 yuan for adult tickets / 10 yuan for discount tickets
Tips:
Kagura Department: 10 yuan, 5 yuan discount coupon;
The joint ticket includes tickets, the Hall of Prayer, the Qiuqiu, and the echo wall;
The scenic spot ticket includes the Hall of Prayer, the Qiuqiu, and the echo wall.