We made a mistake by visiting during a public holiday and it was heaving with visitors.
It is a beautiful place that is surrounded on all 4 sides by lovely trees. This is where the Emperor used to prepare himself by fasting before praying to Buddha for good harvests. The huge round building painted in red is where he used to pray. Visitors are not allowed to enter this building which we found disappointing. There is a barrier so that you can just peer inside and take photos, and to get a look at the interior with its ornate red pillars/columns decorated with gold artwork depicting China's national flower. But it is very dark inside so we couldn't see that much. We had to push our way to the front to get a look as it was shoulder to shoulder!
Like other royal places of interest, there are huge bronze incense burners and lion statues. Along the entrance/way out, there is a lovely park where you could see families playing cards & dominoes and people dancing. It is a very pleasant area but was very crowded because it was a public holiday. It would have been nice to have taken time to sit down and relax and absorb the atmosphere in the park, rather than being rushed by our guide.
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