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Temple of Heaven

Please God of Heaven, let it rain!

sunny 90 °F


In the Ming Dynasty, the emperors spent three days every year fasting (no meat, no ladies) in the Palace of Abstinence and then prayed to the God of Heaven for a bountiful harvest.
This is another building restored in preparation for the tourists that accompany the Olympics. It is gorgeous with cobalt blue tiles on the roof and multicolored brilliant paint on the outside of the temple. A gigantic park where retired folks gather to enjoy dancing and playing games surrounds the temple. I asked our guide about the retirement age in China. She said that for ladies it is 55 and for men it is 60. The old folks looked like they were having a blast.

Posted by SusanConradWang 08:16 Archived in China Tagged temple_of_heaven

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