Temple of EarthFor three thousand years, emperors pray to the god of heaven in winter and the god of earth in summer, for favorably weather and prosperous country. Built in 1530 in Ming Dynasty, The Temple of Earth in Beijing is the only existing place to worship the god of earth.
According to ancient Chinese concept, heaven is round in the south, while earth is square in the north. Therefore The Temple of Earth is situated in northern Beijing, to echo with the Temple of Heaven in the south from afar. The Temple of Earth’s construction includes many square altars and walls.
The Temple of Earth gradually fell into disuse in late Qing Dynasty, and was renovated these 100 years. Adding to the temple are some gardens and ball courts. The surrounding areas have become an open space for people to have leisure activities. During Chinese New Year, there is a traditional temple fair held here, which has become a popular annual event now.
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