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Temple of Heaven health tour and visit a local Chinese Pharmacy

Temple of Heaven health tour and visit a local Chinese Pharmacy Item NO: 689855

US$ 199.00
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  • Visit famous Temple of Heaven,and visit a Chinese Pharmacy,get to know what is Chinese herbs and how it works to enhance our health.
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Product Name Temple of Heaven health tour and visit a local Chinese Pharmacy
Item NO 689855
Weight 0.0000 kg = 0.0000 lb = 0.0000 oz
Category Beijing Tours > Cultural Tours
Tag private tours
Brand Beijing Trip Advisor
Creation time 2018-04-09


Tour Overview:
Tour Type: Exclusive Private Tour
Vehicle: Your Exclusive Vehicle
Operates: Daily

Tour Highlights:
Take a car to Temple of Heaven
Stop and visit a local Chinese Pharmacy

Buying this tour 15 days in advance will have one or more free gift(s) from 1 to 10  US Dollars range travel products,the more clients who join the tour will get more gifts.Please click the image above and choose your gift(s) now. 

Tour Description:

Pick up from Beijing Capital Airport or your hotel and first visit Temple of Heaven. Situated in the southeast of Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven(天坛 Tian Tan)was used to be a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors. It also has been one of the most holy places for the whole country from more than five centuries. It is the largest existing one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature.

The Major Three Buildings Description:
1, The Circular Mound Altar

The Circular Mound Altar is located to the south of the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It is an open three-layered circular stone altar. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), the emperors would offer sacrifice to Heaven on the day of the Winter Solstice every year. This ceremony was to thank heaven and hope everything would be good in the future. Founded in the 9th year of Emperor Jiajing (1530) of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), it is the very heart of the Temple of Heaven and thus it is also known as the Terrace of Worshipping Heaven.

2,The Heavenly Heart Stone

Heavenly Heart Stone, also known as Sun Stone, is one of most distinct, design-wise, in the Temple of Heaven. It is a round stone in the center of the altar which is slightly protruding. If you stand on it and shout or knock, the sound waves will be clearly echoed.  In ancient times, at the Worshipping Heaven Ceremony, the ritual officer would stand on the stone to read the oration and the clangorous sound seemed to be reaching to heaven.
3,Imperial Vault of Heaven

Another important main building in this area is the Imperial Vault of Heaven, which is located to the north of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, connecting with the Altar for Grain Prayers by three glaze doors. It used to be the place where God tablets were consecrated. The gate on the west side is called the Guxi Gate (Guxi means seventy years old). The roof of the hall is covered with blue colored glaze. Under the eave, there is a board reading "the Imperial Vault of Heaven" inscribed by Emperor Jiajing. Inside the hall, there are house-shaped shrines holding god tablets. On the first and fifth day of each lunar month, officials would sweep the dust and burn the incense there. The emperor would give a ritual there on the eve of the Ceremony of Worshipping Heaven.

4,The Hall of Prayer for good harvests

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is a circular building which is 32 meters (105 feet) in diameter and 38 meters (125 feet) high, sitting on a huge round white marble platform named Altar for Grain Prayers. Covering over 5,900 square meters (64,000 square feet), the altar has a height of six meters, consisting of three floors; each of which is surrounded by carved white marble railings. The stairs connecting each floor are decorated with huge relief.

5,The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests exhibition hall

On the two sides of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests are the West Annex Halls and the East Annex Halls. The two annex halls used to be the storeroom of divine tablets. Now the West Annex Halls are set as a Worshipping Heaven Ceremony Exhibition Hall, displaying sacrificial utensils and the whole procedure about worshipping heaven by the emperor. There is an excellent picture about Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) showing the highest ritual in the Qing Dynasty. The East Annex Halls are now changed into a Worshipping Music and Dancing Hall, exhibiting Shao Music instruments, such as bells and chimes. By means of text description, pictures, light boxes, models, sound and electricity, etc., the music and dancing scene of the ceremony is vividly demonstrated to the visitors.
6,The Firewood Stove

The Firewood Stove is located in the southeast corner of the Circular Mound Altar. It is a huge, round and green glazed stove made from brick. There are nine stairs respectively on the east, west and south sides, reaching the top of the stove, while the north side has an opening used for adding firewood. Before the worshipping ceremony, a washed and shaved calf would be put on the stove and burned with pine twigs and reeds. After the ceremony, all the offerings, ceremonial placards and silk scrolls were respectfully put inside the stove to be burned. The ancients believed that the burning smoke could go up to heaven. To the north of the big Firewood Stove, there are eight small stoves, which were used to burn the offerings for the first eight emperors of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). East of the Firewood Stove lies a circular pool with a diameter of less than 1 meter and a depth about 30 cm, which was used to handle the fur, tail and blood of ritual sacrifices.

7,The Long Corridor 

The long corridor is situated east to the Altar for Grain Prayers, stretching out by five meters (16 feet) wide, 350 meters (1,150 feet) long. It consists of 72 rooms sharing the same back wall, roof and eave; hence it is also called the Seventy-Two Corridor. On the eve of the sacrificial ceremony, the corridor was lit up by lanterns and all the offerings, including jade, silk, grains and fruits were transported to the altars along the Long Corridor. There are colorful pictures on the top of the porch. Benches are set between the pillars. It is an enclosed passage connecting the Butcher Pavilion, the Divine Kitchen and the Divine Warehouse.  To the South of the corridor stands the Seven Star Stone, on which various patterns are engraved. The stone with a history of 500 years was artificially made in the time of Emperor Jiajing.
8,The Seven Star Stones

During the Ming Emperor Jiajing’s reign, seven gigantic pacifying stones were placed to the southeast of the Great Hall of Sacrifice. These are stones with motifs of mountains engraved on them and not the meteors as the hearsay went, symbolizing the seven peaks of the Mountain Tai. After the Manchurian came to the throne in central China, in order to show the Manchurian is part of the Chinese nations, Emperor Qianlong issued as edict for another atone to be placed in the direction of the northeast, meaning the Chinese nations are a big family and the country is unified.

Tour Notes:

● This is an exclusive private layover tour. Once your tour is confirmed, that tour will be no longer available to anyone else except for your own traveling party.
● It is a non-shopping private tour and no Hidden Fee!
● Your tour guide will hold a sign in your name and wait for you at the exit at the arrival hall of the airport.
● Rush hours in Beijing can cause serious traffic jam. We try our best to manage the traffic and keep your schedule. 
● All tours & transfers are all based in English Speaking local guides. For other languages, please contact Beijing trip advisor for new quotations.

What's Included
Domestic transportation as detailed in the itinerary
Private English-speaking guide 
Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary – no hidden costs
Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
Meals as specified in quality local restaurants
Free gift(s) from 1 to 10 US Dollars if you shop the tour 15 days in advance.
What's Not Included
International flights to and from China
International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
Accommodation - if you want us to book hotels for you, please let your advisor know either via email: 1935990176@QQcom or add customized requirement while you purchase our tours.

Chairlift or cable car ticket(s)
Tips for your guide and driver
Other personal expenses

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