Thursday, August 12, 2010

Beijing: Temple of Heaven

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.
And, finally...lunchtime!

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