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Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Tours

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Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)
Built by the Yongle Emperor, the Ming Dynasty builder of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan or Tian Tan) was a stage for important rituals performed by the emperor, or Son of Heaven. Chief among these were supplication to the heavens for a good harvest and the winter solstice ceremony, meant to ensure a favorable new year. 

The Basics
The temple buildings are rich in symbolic detail, including variations on the number nine, which represents the emperor; colored glazes that signify heaven and earth; and pillars that represent the months of the year, seasons, and time. There are also echo stones where you can stand to hear your voice reverberate and a circular echo wall that carries your whisper to the far side of the circle. 

The UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven ranks among Beijing’s most famous attractions and features on many city tours, along with the Forbidden City, Summer Palace, and Tiananmen Square; some tours include the Great Wall of China. Those with a particular interest in the temple’s history can opt for a private tour to hear more about its rich spiritual symbolism. It’s also possible to combine a temple visit with a tai chi class in the surrounding park. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Temple of Heaven is a must-see for first-time visitors to Beijing.
  • Many of the outdoor areas surrounding the temple are wheelchair accessible, but the only building accessible to wheelchairs is the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
  • Give yourself at least 90 minutes to tour the temple grounds.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

How to Get There
The Temple of Heaven is located in the southern part of central Beijing. You can reach the temple on one of several public buses, or take subway Line 5 to Tiantan Dongmen.

When to Get There
The Temple of Heaven is open daily, but one of the best times to visit is early in the morning when locals show up to practice tai chi, sword fighting, or traditional Chinese dance. Later in the day, you’ll see groups of elderly Beijingers playing chess or cards in the shade of the park’s long corridor.

What’s Nearby
The area near Temple of Heaven park is packed with other worthwhile attractions. The Beijing Museum of Natural History is situated near the temple’s west gate, while the Hongqiao Pearl Market is just across the road from Tiantan Dongmen subway station. Taoranting Park, the Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum, and the Ming Dynasty City Wall Relics Park are also within easy walking distance.
Address: Tiantan Road, Beijing, China
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Temple of Heaven Tickets Booking

Temple of Heaven Tickets Booking

Enjoy an easy way to explore one of Beijing’s most popular attractions when you pre-book tickets to the UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven. One of the world’s largest ceremonial complexes, and dating to the 15th century, the temple is renowned for its striking architecture, vibrant interiors, and imperial past. Secure your entry before your trip, and upon arrival, bypass the crowds and head right inside.
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Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket

Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket

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The UNESCO-listed Temple of Heaven—a 15th-century imperial altar, once used by Chinese emperors—is one of Beijing’s most popular attractions. Avoid the long wait for admission tickets and get guaranteed direct access with these pre-booked passes. Combo tickets include access to three different parts of the museum: The Circular Mound Altar, the Imperial Vault of Heaven, and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests.
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All-Inclusive Tianjin Port Transfer with Classical Beijing 2-day Tour

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Tiananmen, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace Group Bus Tour

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Discover some of the top attractions around Beijing on this guided all-day small-group tour. First, stop by Tiananmen Square before heading to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to ancient palaces. Following that, visit the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace with imperial gardens.
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Mini Group: 2-Day Beijing Highlights and Great Wall Tour

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3-Day Private Tour of Beijing UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Peking Duck+Show

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Join an expert guide for a private tour of Beijing’s most fascinating destinations and UNESCO Sites, from the Forbidden City to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China. With a private guide to take care of the details, you can focus on exploring Beijing history, culture, wildlife, and cuisine, hassle-free. This three-day private tour includes all transport by private vehicle, meals and entrance fees per itinerary, and daily hotel transfers, and it’s the perfect way to experience Beijing at its most remarkable.
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  • 3 days
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$508.00
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Flexible Private Beijing Layover Tour

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Tianjin Private Shore Excursion of Beijing City Highlights by Bullet Train

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  • 8 hours
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Discover Beijing’s top attractions like the Summer Palace, and visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu, on this 2-day tour. It’s the ideal way to save time if you’re only in Beijing for a short time and want to experience as much as possible, while still traveling in comfort. Lunch is provided, and you won’t have any language barriers as you’ll have a guide to translate.
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  • 7 hours
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$450.00
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All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer Palace

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Experience the best of Beijing on a full-day tour that includes sightseeing at top attractions. Accompanied by an experienced guide, tour the impressive Forbidden City complex, plus Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace. You’ll gain insight into imperial China at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Summer Palace, then learn about more recent history in Tiananmen Square. Lunch, attraction entrance ticket, and private transfer are all inclusive.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$178.00
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  • 8 days
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Beijing Private Tour of Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City

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Beijing Private Tour of Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City

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Explore the iconic landmarks of Beijing with a private guide who takes you to the Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City for an in-depth experience of the Chinese history and culture in Beijing. Begin at the Temple of Heaven, built by the Yongle Emperor during the Ming Dynasty. In Tiananmen Square, see the National Museum of China, the mausoleum of Mao Zedong and Monument to the Peoples’ Heroes. Then continue to the Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage site and must-see while in Beijing.
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$125.12
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3-Day Private Beijing Sightseeing Tour with Peking Duck, Hot Pot plus Optional Show

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If you’ve got limited time in China, the last thing you want to do is waste precious vacation time organizing transport and activities. Let a guide do the hard work for you on a private 3-day tour of Beijing, which covers highlights such as the Ming Tombs (Ming Shisan Ling), the Great Wall at Mutianyu, and Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang). All entrance fees, select meals, and daily hotel pickup and drop-off are included for added convenience.
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$512.00
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$364.55
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$367.00
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  • 3 days
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$510.00
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$510.00
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2-Day Private Classic Beijing City Sightseeing Tour Package

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Discover the top sights around Beijing with a professional guide who shares the famous city’s history and highlights over two days. Tour the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven and the historic temples of Beijing on the first day. The next day, head out to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China followed by time to enjoy the lush gardens of the Summer Palace. You’ll tour several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and get a glimpse of imperial China during this comprehensive tour.
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  • 2 days
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$368.00
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Beijing Historical Tour I - Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heaven

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Immerse yourself in the beguiling city of Beijing during a full-day tour of the city’s most significant historical sites. Visit legendary landmarks like the Forbidden City; absorb the sacred ambience at the Temple of Heaven; and marvel at the structural beauty of Tian’anmen Square. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, delve into the rich history of the city and discover one of the oldest cultures on earth. Convenient round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel is included on this tour.
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  • 7 hours
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$57.00
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2- Day Beijing Private Tour

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Discover Beijing’s top attractions, visit numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites, and travel in the company of a private guide: this 2-day tour offers a seamless introduction to the Chinese capital. On your first day, discover the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and go for a rickshaw ride of the city’s historical hutongs. On day two, you’ll explore the Mutianyu Great Wall and will visit the Summer Palace. Most entry fees, lunch, and round-trip transit are included in the cost.
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  • 2 days
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$400.00
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$400.00
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