Watch your step in this park, nothing is arbitrary, everything has a meaning. To those who understand.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Official title: Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing
Date of Inscription: 1998
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 881:
“The Temple of Heaven, founded in the first half of the 15th century, is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods. In its overall layout and that of its individual buildings, it symbolizes the relationship between earth and heaven the human world and God’s world which stands at the heart of Chinese cosmogony, and also the special role played by the emperors within that relationship.”
There is a huge park area, and a high degree of symmetry and symbolism. That is what the Chinese like. As can be seen in the video from 2011 I came in the way of a lady walking backwards on a straight line. Visiting the park we also came across a wonderful section with a number of exercise equipment particularly popular among senior citizens – as can be seen in another video on my blog.