If you choose only one sight to see in Beijing…

Make that the Temple of Heaven. The mix of ancient architectual structures, a huge, green park and thousands of locals treating it as their retirement club makes it a perfect place for sightseeing and people watching. The round altar and temples are beautiful in their simplicity, but most enjoyable is watching all the old folks getting together to exercise, dance, sing, play cards and domino, or just catch up on the latest news.

 

Autumn in Tiantan

Yellow ginkgo leaves and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest

Tiantan pillars

4 + 12 + 12 pillars hold up the three layered blue roof, symbolizing the seasons, months of the year and hours of the day.

Tiantan dancing

Couples dance in the morning sun

Tiantan Taiji

More traditional exercise

Tiantan cards

Full concentration over the cards

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