Friday, September 30, 2005

the Temple of Heaven

Because this is one of my favourite places in Beijing (not the top one, but close).  Where at the  Circular Mound Altar (圜丘坛), the altar proper where emperors came to pray to heaven, you can stand in the center of the platform (called the Heart of Heaven, 天心石, or the Supreme Yang, 太阳石) and have your voice resonate thanks to the stone guardrail around. A beautiful, mystical place (even for those of us not into mysticism or spiritual stuff). The Temple of Heaven (天坛) indeed.