Temple of Heaven
Built in 1420, Temple of Heaven is the largest existing complex of ancient sacrificial buildings in China. Encompassing 273 hectares, the perimeter of the Temple of Heaven is 6,369 meters with 6 meters high. In the history, Temple of Heaven was described as a place where people can talk to the heaven.
In ancient times, sacrifice to heaven by people has a history of about 5,000 years. And Temple of Heaven was the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties worshipped heaven and prayed for good harvests. Due to underdeveloped science, people thought that everything was dominated by heaven. However, emperors regarded sacrifice to heaven as his patent and tried to consolidate his rule through sacrifice to heaven.
As one of the greatest architectural structures in the world, Temple of Heaven is the place you should not miss during the Beijing tour.
Ruins of Yuanmingyuan Park
Located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing, Yuanmingyuan has an area of 350 hectares, 40 per cent of which was covered by water. It was one of the five most famous gardens built during the Qing Dynasty. Yuanmingyuan was an imperial summer resort painstakingly built and repeatedly expanded under the personal supervision of five emperors of the dynasty.
Boasted the largest royal garden in the world, there were also some two hundred buildings and more than 140 scenic attractions in Yuanmingyuan. Those buildings are of different sizes and styles. Mingled with Western architecture, Yuanmingyuan is differed from other classical gardens in China.
With a long history, Yuanmingyuan burned it to the ground by Anglo—French Allied Forces in 1860. A world-famous garden was thus reduced to ruins. The invaders took away everything valuable. Its former beauty and glory no more, the entire garden lay in clusters of ruins and debris. Only does the stone and marble remains of fountains and columns hint at how fascinating the original must once have been.
Yuanmingyuan is the attraction should not miss during visa free Beijing tour. Especially in summer, it is a place for people to relax and promenade.
Besides, there are many other famous attractions you can visit during your visa free Beijing tour. If you have any good idea, you can email us.