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Photo of the Day – Tai Chi with Swords at the Temple of Heaven – Beijing, ChinaThe Temple of Heaven is the most interesting people watching park in the world. It is full of couples dancing, individuals playing different games, and groups doing Tai Chi. With all of this in mind, I was a bit thrown off to see a group of middle-aged people wielding swords as they performed graceful Tai Chi routines.
This group would have been fantastic to have on your side in the middle ages.
Photo of the Day – The Temple of Heaven – Beijing, ChinaThe Temple of Heaven is located in the southeaster part of Beijing and contains several buildings and acres of park. The temple is striking with its traditional Taoist style and is very easy on the eyes with its circular nature. The temple is the center-piece for the park, but to be honest, I found the people watching much more interesting. The Temple of Heaven Park is certainly worth your time and there is no doubt that you’ll stumble upon this specific temple while you’re there.
Photo of the Day – Chinese Tango Parade – Temple of Heaven – Beijing, ChinaI’ve posted before about the fascinating local Chinese culture that you can observe on a visit to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. On the same morning that I captured an elderly woman’s morning ritual, I also ran into a large group of Chinese locals parading down the street Tango Style!
An early morning visit to this park is an absolute must on your first trip to Beijing. Sure it isn’t as famous or impressive as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square or the Olympic Park, but I promise that your current impression of who the Chinese are will change forever after you feel the happy and relaxed atmosphere created by the thousands gathered in the park.
Photo of the Day – Morning Exercise Routine – Temple of Heaven – Beijing, ChinaThe Temple of Heaven is often regarded as one of the Top 250 places to visit in the world. Personally it doesn’t do a whole lot for me. I’ve visited the temple twice and I find the buildings to be rather dull and unimpressive on a global scale (the Top 250 is a rather prestigious list). For me it probably just gets lost amongst the other amazing sites in Beijing – Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Olympic Park and more!
While I am not in the love with the temple itself, the surrounding grounds offer a fascinating view of local Chinese culture. Every morning thousands of elderly Chinese gather in the temple parks to partake in a series of activities together. Organized group tango dancing, sword fighting, and painting sidewalks with water were all popular ways to enjoy the morning among friends. Those who weren’t into group activities would get lost in the surrounding trees and perform these deep, individual morning exercises. I caught this lady midway through her weekly Saturday morning ritual.