Beijing’s Tiantan Park opens more area to visitors

2019-06-12 15:29 千龙网

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A corner of the Tiantan Park in Beijing is seen on June 11, 2019. The Tiantan Park newly opened a total area of 3.2 hectares to visitors. Now, the park’s inner altar shows itself completely for the first time in nearly 70 years. [Photo by Fang Shuyuan/tuku.qianlong.com]

The Tiantan, also dubbed as the Temple of Heaven, refers to the two altars of the Circular Mound Altar and the Hall of Prayer for Grain. The Tiantan, built in 1420, was once the place for emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties to sacrifice the heaven and pray for a good harvest.

The Tiantan’s architectural composition is in the shape of the Chinese character ”回”. Thus the two walls of alter divide it into the inner altar and outer altar. The wall of the outer altar is 6, 416 meters long, and that of the inner altar is 3,292 meters long. The wall in the north is in the round shape, symbolizing the heaven. The wall in the south is in the square shape, symbolizing the earth. This design was inspired by the concept that heaven is round and earth square.

The Tiantan’s main buildings gather along Beijing’sCentral Axis.

The 7.8-kilometer-long Central Axis stretches from the Yongdingmen Gate in the south to the Drum Tower and Bell Tower in the north, crossing the Zhengyangmen Gate, the Tiantan,the Tian'anmen Square, the Forbidden City and the Jingshan Hill. The Central Axis, the most representative and important section of the ancient city, is the core of Beijing’s spatial pattern and it demonstrates the magnificent spatial order of its urban space.

A corner of the Tiantan Park in Beijing is seen on June 11, 2019. The Tiantan Park newly opened a total area of 3.2 hectares to visitors. Now, the park’s inner altar shows itself completely for the first time in nearly 70 years. [Photo by Fang Shuyuan/tuku.qianlong.com]

A corner of the Tiantan Park in Beijing is seen on June 11, 2019. The Tiantan Park newly opened a total area of 3.2 hectares to visitors. Now, the park’s inner altar shows itself completely for the first time in nearly 70 years. [Photo by Fang Shuyuan/tuku.qianlong.com]

A corner of the Tiantan Park in Beijing is seen on June 11, 2019. The Tiantan Park newly opened a total area of 3.2 hectares to visitors. Now, the park’s inner altar shows itself completely for the first time in nearly 70 years. [Photo by Fang Shuyuan/tuku.qianlong.com]

A corner of the Tiantan Park in Beijing is seen on June 11, 2019. The Tiantan Park newly opened a total area of 3.2 hectares to visitors. Now, the park’s inner altar shows itself completely for the first time in nearly 70 years. [Photo by Fang Shuyuan/tuku.qianlong.com]

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