This was the centre of the Middle Kingdom. The link between Heaven and the more mundane world here. This is where the Emperor would come to receive guidance on what to do only after the three days of fasting had attuned him to the frequency of the Gods (They probably sounded like Elvis or possibly Johnny Cash). During the procession from the Imperial Palace it was forbidden for commoners to view the court's procession so they had to stay inside with their windows shuttered.
The whole of the main temple is wooden and there is not a single nail used in its construction.
This is the classic shot of the Temple and is the bit where the Emperor communed with heaven. This view appears on lots of Beijing promotional stuff and is a bit of symbol of the city.
Slightly closer up. As you can see it is kept beautifully. A lot of the Imperial sites have a bit of decay about them, which looks really cool, but this is immaculate. See also below.
However despite the place being busy (see below) it is also surrounded by park land which even on the busiest days like the one we went on is surprisingly peaceful.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.