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In the Footsteps of the Emperor: A Walk and Discussion at the Temple of Heaven

  • Temple of Heaven (East Gate) 7号 Tian Tan Dong Lu Beijing, Beijing Shi, 100061 China (map)

The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also one of the city's largest public parks and a gathering place for Beijingers of all ages. Nowhere else does the city’s past and present exist so prominently side by side. 

During this two-hour walk, we will explore the Temple of Heaven complex and discuss its ritual and historical significance. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger into the 21st century. 

Along the way, we will have a chance to witness the vibrant culture of one of Beijing’s largest parks. We might see dancers, musicians, martial artists, even parents matchmaking their (often unsuspecting) grown children!

Duration: About two hours

240 RMB (200 RMB for members of The Hutong) per person including all admission costs, guide fees, and tips.

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Spaces for this walk are limited and reservations are required. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with complete walk details and directions to our meeting location.