The Temple of Heaven was built between 1406 to 1420. Emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties held annual ceremonies at the Temple to pray to Heaven for a good harvest. The Temple of Heaven Park is a large complex of Taoist buildings that is larger than the Forbidden City. This is because one couldn't build a shrine to Heaven larger than ones own palace.
This is my "Senior Class Photo" shot. haha.
And...here begins my lineup of "Katie in a pot" photos. There were large pots everywhere in Beijing...so naturally we had to take a photo at nearly all of them. You will see more photos in the upcoming posts:)
My favorite part of the Temple of Heaven Park is that it is used by local Beijingers on a daily basis. You will find tai chi and meditation, as well as dancing, singing, card playing, and mah jadong in the park.
In Korea and China, this is a tell-tale sign there is a group of older residents near by.