Return to China 2012

Beijing 3

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Temple of Heaven and Lama Temple

The Temple of Heaven was the place where the Emperor would pray for good harvest and make sacrifices. Seen from above the temples are round and the bases square, a pattern deriving from the belief that heaven is round and earth is square.

The Lama Tibetan Buddhist Temple integrates Han, Man, Tibetan, and Mongolian architectural styles. It has 5 large halls and 5 courtyards. Walking from the southern main gate and heading north, the courtyards become smaller and smaller while the main buildings get bigger and bigger.One building also features a 25m high Buddha.

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