The Temple of Heaven features some of the most iconic architecture in Beijing. It is also 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 the ritual and historical significance of the spaces we visit. We will also examine the connections between past and present and how ancient forms of political legitimacy linger even 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!

Upcoming Public Walks at the Temple of Heaven

240 RMB per person (200 RMB for members of The Hutong)

Price includes all guide fees and tickets


Consider a Private Tour!

Looking for a walk that fits your schedule? Interested in a personal experience for you or your group?

Private walks of the Temple of Heaven are available for individuals, families, school and company groups.

Private walks are 1300 RMB for up to five people and 100 RMB for each additional person. Price includes all guide fees and admission tickets.

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What others have said...

My brother is visiting and I arranged the tour for him. He was fascinated by Jeremiah, how much he knows and his good sense of humor that made this a great tour where he learned but also had fun. I am eager to go to one of his tours soon!!

Your Walk Leader

Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years. He has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great SignificanceThe Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He is a recurring guest on the public affairs podcast Sinica and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to company and school groups.  Jeremiah also maintains the popular history and culture website