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Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)
Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

Free admission
Tiantan Road, Beijing

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.

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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
$83.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Intimate experience with great itinerary
The tour group was small so it is very relaxing. Tour guide and driver are awesome company who gave detailed information for all the places which we visited!
christineni2019, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Beijing

star-5
Great tour, very information about...
rizzo2255, Apr 2016
Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
Great tour, very information about every thing we saw, the tour guide Jackie Lee was really professional and knew alot about the area. Clean bus we rode in. Would recommend this tour highly
star-5
A compact trip that brought us to...
snowflakes16, Aug 2015
Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
A compact trip that brought us to see all the must see and must do of Beijing. Our guide was friendly, animated, although we did have a bit of difficulty understanding her when she spoke too fast at times. The bus was clean and comfortable.
star-5
Better than we thought
clewis819, Dec 2019
Summer Palace and Temple Of Heaven Private Tour
Our tour guide Helena of Leo's tour was fun and knowledgeable. Both places had more to see and know than we thought. We were well taken care of
star-5
Great tour for tea lovers :)
helenam852019, Dec 2019
Temple of Heaven Private Tour and Tea Tasting at Maliandao Tea Street
This was the best tour ever! Our guide Lucy was very nice and helpful. We learned a lot of fascinating information about the temple of heaven and we enjoyed the tea tasting in Maliando a lot. If you are a tea lover this is definitely a tour for you!
star-4
Great Private Day Tour in Beijing
Gail828, Nov 2019
Private Day Trip of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Had a fantastic day out in Beijing visiting most of the highlights - sadly the Forbidden City & T Square were closed due to an event but this did not deter from me having a great time in a fantastic city. Driver and guide were both lovely and very professional/helpful throughout the day - would definitely use again on future visits...
star-5
Awesome
Donna M, Nov 2019
Summer Palace and Temple Of Heaven Private Tour
Helena was a fantastic tour guide. She showed up early, asked what we wanted to focus on and even took and emailed pictures back to us. Very personable, knowledgeable and friendly. She gave us a history lesson, information about art/ architecture and checked to make sure she was addressing our interests. On the way back to our hotel, she even helped us learn more about places we had visited days before. Excellent tour guide. Driver was really amazing too.
star-5
Tickets worked perfectly 👍
cleadenamiel, Oct 2019
Beijing Temple of Heaven Admission Ticket
Everything went smoothly and we truly enjoyed our visit in this beautiful place ... I would recommend this booking as it saved us time and stress and help a smooth visit of the temple of heaven!
star-4
Great Day!
471jennye, Sep 2019
Private tour of Temple of Heaven, Hutong & Summer Palace
Solid tour despite the 2 mandatory shopping stops which shouldn’t be required on a private tour. Good information and nice pace. The Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square were closed during our visit so this was an ideal itinerary.
star-5
Great day and fantastic guide
Cortwgtn, Aug 2019
Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City
My son and I enjoyed a great day with our guide Shanshan. She made the day a very relaxed and memorable one. With her help we navigated the crowds at each venue and the lunch that was organised was wonderful. All in all a fabulous day. Thank you Shanshan
star-5
Whistle Stop Tour of Beijing
Eng1963, Jul 2019
Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City
This was a superb day, mostly due to our tour guide called Shanshan. She was amazing, so knowledgeable, helpful, informative and relaxed. Shanshan is so good, they named her twice!
star-5
Highly Recommend!
Sightseer29551876922, May 2019
Beijing Private Tour of Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City
Our tour guide Alice was great! She was very friendly and knowledgeable and very patient with all our photo taking! The car was very comfortable and regularly topped up with fresh bottles of water, a great way to get around.
star-5
Best Day in Beijing
wallercj7, Apr 2019
Private tour of Temple of Heaven, Hutong & Summer Palace
Fantastic tour our guide was so great , very knowledgeable and also went the extra mile and filled in our day with extra places,which was much appreciated

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.

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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.

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Trip ideas

Exploring the Hutongs of Beijing

Exploring the Hutongs of Beijing


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.

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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.

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