The Temple of Heaven, was originally the place where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties visited for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is China's largest and most representative existing masterpiece among the ancient sacrificial buildings.
The temple complex was constructed from 1406 to 1420 during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, who was also responsible for the construction of the Forbidden City in Beijing.
Chinese emperors were precluded from building a dwelling for themselves that was greater than the earthly residence dedicated to Heaven. This is why The Temple of Heaven area is actually larger than the Forbidden City.
Only in 1988, the Temple of Heaven was opened to the public as a park, showing ancient philosophy, history and religion.
Line 5: Get off at Tiantan Dongmen Station, take Exit A and you'll be close to the East Gate of the Park.
Nov.1-Mar.31 CNY 10
Apr.1-Oct.31 CNY 15
06:00-22:00 (the scenic area opens at 08:00and will be closed at 17:30 or 18:00 depending on the month)