Beijing is such a loud city, and it was hard to find a piece of peacefulness. The temple of earth offered a place of quietness and all.
My husband and I came after Christmas day, and it was just like a normal day in Beijing - with the senior group exercising and practicing Tai-Chi. There was almost no young people in the morning (maybe it was too cold to be out or may it was just a workday so the working group was at work), we enjoyed having the park to ourselves.
The admission is 2 Chinese dollars (About US$0.5), and there is an another small fee (5 Chinese dollars - About US$1) to enter the alter. I highly recommend one to pay the extra fee and visit the alter - back in the Ming and Wing dynasties, the emperors came to pray to the God(s) of earth, asking for a prosperous year. The park has basic introduction of the ceremony and sacrifice that were provided back in time. During the Chinese New Year, ceremonies are put on as shows for Chinese people and all to see. Histories never to be forgot :)
Recommend time to spend - 1 hour to 90 minutes.
There are many food places nearby. Highly recommend this Peking Duck place called “Si Jee Min Foo” roast duck. Exit the park through it’s West entrance, and bus 119, which leaves right outside the exit, takes one directly to the restaurant. Get on bus 119 and takes off at He-Ping-Li Xi Jie and ask for the it, people will direct you :)
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