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Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven October 19th 2013

Our last day in Beijing. In the morning, we check out and move our bags to the belly of the bus. Our first stop is the Temple of Heaven Park, a 267 hectare oasis of peace in the heart of the city. We first stroll through the extensive grounds surrounding the central temple complex. This is a favorite park for Beijing residents to visit, especially in the morning. We see various groups performing tai chi, yoga, and several types of dancing and games. Some of our number who are familiar with tai chi join in with one of the groups, but the female leader is not pleased with their form and corrects them repeatedly, clucking her disapproval. All taken in good spirits, however. When we reach the centre of the grounds, we enter the Temple of ... read more
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Artificial lake, Summer Palace, Beijing, China
Entrance to the Long Corridor, Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven October 10th 2013

I went to the bookshop first thing this morning to try and find some maps of china, but could only find road atlases, so I picked up some artist renditions of the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. After which I go the subway round to the Temple of Heaven to have a look round. It is a very big park. I hardly saw any of it. I wasn't really in the mood, as as soon as I walked past the perfectly manicured lawns, I started sneezing. I haven't had hayfever all year, and did not enjoy this. It's October, hayfeveer, go away. The park was full of all sorts of people, all ages, doing all sorts of things. Lots of exercise groups doing dances and tai chi, people playing badminton, learning musical instruments in groups. ... read more

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven August 5th 2013

Day 15 - Temple if Heaven and Pearl Market I woke up this morning with my ,'tiger balm covered tissue' over my face! I am very relieved, I feel a lot better today. I did the right thing missing Sintje's birthday meal in order to rest and recover! I am still snotty, but I can deal with that! All the reports were that they all had a great time. I had breakfast with Laura before setting off for the Temple of Heaven. It is a huge park area. It is very communal with areas of singing, dancing and general get togethers. The area is a complex of religious buildings. The numbers 3 and 9 are reoccurring throughout the whole area. It is early just now, so it is not too hot....yet! After we had gone through ... read more
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Temple of Heaven grounds

Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven May 28th 2013

Next stop Huangshan (a stunning world-heritage granite mountain range inspiring much Chinese art) in neighbouring Anhui province, trundling into town on a local bus to be greeted by Mr Hu, our friendly and cheerful hotel owner. Explored the local town with its streets lined with small identikit supermarkets before the steep climb up to the peaks. Hiked through gorgeous views of steep gorges, bizarre rocky outcrops and twisted pine trees and passing heavily laden porters balancing huge bags of provisions while chatting with a friendly Israeli couple. Near the top squeezed through small tunnels and up precipitous steps to the exposed Lotus Flower summit offering fabulous mountain views. After enjoying some more of Mr Hu's chinese cooking caught a bus to polluted Nanjing, the route passing huge road and appartment construction cutting a swathe through the ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven October 30th 2012

Day 1: The flight was delayed because of fog, so sitting on the tarmac we were served lunch. I hoped this wasn't an example of the food to come because it was very ordinary. Eleanor noted that it was no Etihad, but I didn't have to carry a chicken on my lap, so I was fairly confident that it was a professional outfit we were flying. Landing in the fog (or smog?), we couldn't see anything. 3:30pm and you could cut the air with a knife. My lungs were constricting with the thought of what it would actually be like outside. The fog had penetrated the terminal and I was hoping my asthma pump was within reach. Adding to the mass of chemicals in the air was the stench of cigarette smoke. Ignoring the no smoking ... read more
A hazy shade of Beijing
Lots of tourist lost in the smog
Before the breeze

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Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven October 2nd 2012

Today I met Peter my Beijing guide. I found Peter on trip adviser as I searched for local guides. He advertised as an independent guide and was thoroughly recommended by many other travellers. I initially emailed him in June and have remained in contact with himever since. We met at my hotel this morning. The opening exchange went a bit like this; Peter " hello Spencer, you from Autrailia?" Me " no I am from the uk" ( in a Chinese accent of course) Peter " no no you sound Austrailian, where in Austrailia you from?" Me " do you know Sydney? Near the opera house?" We headed off for a coffee and to plan the day. Peter told me that all the main sights in the city would be extremely busy because this week is ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven July 13th 2012

And then maybe I can get some pictures from here at NIT (Nanchang Institue of Technology) here in Nanchang. I have had all kinds of adventures. Doing drills with the campus "ROTC", running morning with my students, teaching, going to Chinese BBQ with older students, having visits from long tailed hairy creatures, and doing my usual exploiring! Here are pictures from The Temple of Heaven. To my surprise I had not been there. This was on our last day in Beijing (Friday the 6th). I though I had but this was an all new experience. We had a fun time there and quite the amazing place!... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven June 29th 2012

CHINA: Beijing...Tiantan...The Temple of Heaven. 700,000 workers & soldiers cleared up snow on 23 December 2002...300 pedestrians were treated in hospital for falling on ice...the highest snowfalls in Beijing in 138 years...and I walked around the Forbidden City that day...in a blizzard!!! The following day I visited Tiantan...The Temple of Heaven...and three visits over the years I will share in this blog...each quite different. Considering the magic white setting for my first visit...it is easy to see why it is one of my favourite places...and the symbol of Beijing. The glossy Beijing book I bought in Tiananmen Square while looking for a fur hat describes it as follows: "Located in southern Beijing, the Temple of Heaven was built in 1420, during the reign of Emperor Yongle. Covering an area of 2,730,000 m2, it was the sight ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven March 19th 2012

Hi all... Out and about in Beijing. Visited the Temple of Heaven, and had our first real run in with the hawkers of junky trinkets, rickshaws and over priced taxis. Inside the temple grounds was very pretty, and the parks was full of locals doing what they seem to enjoy in parks here... playing board games, playing musical instruments, dancing, singing, playing this odd little game where you kick this shuttle cock shaped thing back around a circle... So, in other words... you name it, they seem to do it in the Gardens and parks here. The temple was our first real look at one of these garden and building.. and showed us how good these guys were at building along compass lines. Lachlan has started to get the idea of wearing a hoodie... to try ... read more
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Asia » China » Beijing » Temple of Heaven December 17th 2011

One of the wonderful things about Beijing is the serene areas within the bustling city. It reminded me of Japan where you can find a park or temple sanctuary hidden in the busiest parts of the city. Unlike Tokyo, Beijing is a massive, sprawling city with big open parks, monuments, and stadiums. The Temple of Heaven is one of those places. We took the subway from Dongdan down to Tian Tan Dong Men (Temple of Heaven) stop. Across the street is an enclosed market with a lot of knock offs. The entrance of the temple is south of the subway stop which will bring you to the East Heavenly Gate entrance. The ticket cost is ¥30 per person. Even in the winter you can appreciate how tranquil and serene this place is. Wide pavements and manicured ... read more
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