Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest
Gain access to the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest as part of your Temple of Heaven complex ticket, which includes access to the park, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, the Animal Killing Pavilion, the Fasting Palace, and more. You can’t go inside, but you can admire the spectacular interior through open doors.
While you don’t need a guide to see the Temple of Heaven, you’ll get a lot more out of your visit with someone who can explain the symbolism that underlies the gorgeous decorations and the purpose of each part of the complex. Many travelers visit on a Beijing history tour, often alongside the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace. For history buffs, a private tour is a good investment.
Things to Know Before You Go
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a must for photographers, Instagrammers, history buffs, and lovers of Chinese culture.
The Temple of Heaven park and complex span around 660 acres (267 hectares). Allow time to take it all in.
Wear comfortable shoes as there’s a degree of walking involved.
While there is wheelchair access to the Temple of Heaven park, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is reached by steps.
How to Get There
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest stands within the Temple of Heaven park, about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) south of Tiananmen Square. Ride subway line 5 to Tiantandongmen station, enter the park through the east gate, and walk about a mile (1.5 kilometers). Beijing’s bus system is challenging if you don’t speak Chinese, so many travelers will prefer to join a tour.
When to Get There
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is the star attraction at the Temple of Heaven complex, one of China’s most revered sights. Avoid visiting on weekends or over Chinese holidays, particularly Golden Week in early October and Chinese New Year in late winter. The park is open from early morning to evening; the historical sights open a little later. Come early to watch tai chi in the park.
What Was the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest For?
The Temple of Heaven complex was where China’s emperors, known as “sons of heaven,” went to perform specific rites for the blessings of their kingdom. Built without the use of nails or cement, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest formed the centerpiece of imperial rituals to make the crops flourish.
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