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Places to Visit in Beijing: Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Part II
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Places to Visit in Beijing: Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Part II

In this video, Lydian talks a little bit about the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. She had her own point-of-view on the temple as an 11-year-old. We were all completely delirious with jet-lag.Related Posts:Places to Visit in Beijing: Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) (video)Things to Do in Beijing: Sport Calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing (Tiantan) (video)Things to Do in Beijing: ...
Places to Visit in Beijing: Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)
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Places to Visit in Beijing: Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

In this video, we walk from the entrance to the Temple of Heaven to the Circular Mound Altar. Lydian was only 11 years old so I was still actively educating Lydian as they walked through the Temple grounds. As time went on, I realized that the "learning" was embedded in the experience of traveling with or without all the historical details. Lydian has learned to find out what interests her and follow her ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Hacky Sack at the Temple of Heaven
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Things to Do in Beijing: Hacky Sack at the Temple of Heaven

The way people gather together and do things like play hacky sack or do Tai Chi forms in Beijing looks like fun. I'm fairly certain that the activities we saw at the entrance to the Temple of Heaven were free-to-all and just an informal get-together by people who want to get a little exercise in the morning.Related Posts:Things to Do in Beijing: Sport Calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Morning Exercise at the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)
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Things to Do in Beijing: Morning Exercise at the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

The Temple of Heaven looked just like I'd seen it in pictures, but I wasn't expecting to see so many interesting things going on when we got past the ticketing area, before we arrived at the Temple of Heaven buildings. In the mornings, people all over Beijing do some form of exercise. There's a wide variety of different activities on offer. If you're not interested in Chinese history or in seeing the ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven
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Things to Do in Beijing: Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven

Before we left home, I looked for organized Tai Chi classes in Beijing, but couldn't find any. By the time we left Beijing, I'd seen countless informal groups working on forms in the morning in various spaces through-out the city including Yongdingmen Square, outside the Forbidden City, and just beyond the ticket entrance to the Temple of Heaven (as shown in this video). As far as I could tell, there was no ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Dancing at the Temple of Heaven
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Things to Do in Beijing: Dancing at the Temple of Heaven

We didn't expect to see people milling around at the entrance to the Beijing Temple of Heaven doing things like hacky sack, calligraphy, dance, Tai Chi, and swords. We'd noticed the parking lot full of bicycles out front, but thought that tourists probably brought their bikes...I guess the huge number of bicycles themselves kind of struck us as weird. We didn't ever connect the dots and realize that people ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Chinese Patriotic Music at the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)
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Things to Do in Beijing: Chinese Patriotic Music at the Temple of Heaven (Tiantan)

The speakers weren't great and the music was a little stilted, but I think the goal here was to create some ambience perhaps? Not sure. Anyway, this was near the ticketing area at the entrance to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.Related Posts:Things to Do in Beijing: Sport Calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing (Tiantan) (video)Things to Do in Beijing: Dancing at the Temple of Heaven ...
Things to Do in Beijing: Sport Calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing (Tiantan)
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Things to Do in Beijing: Sport Calligraphy at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing (Tiantan)

Just beyond the entrance to the Beijing Temple of Heaven, locals were engaged in all kinds of interesting activities like Tai Chi, hacky sack, ballroom dance, sword fighting, and writing Chinese calligraphy characters on the sidewalk. In this video, people are using a sponge and what appears to be soapy water to write on the cement. It dries, but you can still see the residue it leaves behind. The men stand ...
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