Temple of Heaven Park (Tiatan Park)#12 in Best Things To Do in Beijing
To reach the Temple of Heaven, you don't have to have an untimely passing. Just get off the subway at Tiantan Dongmen. As you'd expect, this green space is a peaceful asylum, immune to the urban bustle. In the Confucian spirit, the park offers respite among ancient cypress trees alongside remarkable structures. You shouldn't miss the Zhaoheng Gate, the Animal Killing Pavilion (no longer functioning as such), and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
Travelers are regularly floored by the beauty (and people-watching) in the park. One TripAdvisor user comments, "The temple itself is truly impressive—no nails used in construction—and there is a smaller temple area which was a private retreat for the Emperor."
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is located southeast of Tiananmen Square and accessible via subway Line 5. Entrance to the park costs 15 CNY (about $2.50 USD) in high season and 10 CNY (about $1.50 USD) in low season. Some individual buildings in the park charge additional admission fees. For the full experience, purchase a "through" ticket (35 CNY in the high season), which permits you to explore all the buildings on the premises. The park opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. every day, but the buildings maintain more limited hours. For more information, check out the Temple of Heaven Park's website.
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