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Covering an area of 37.4 hectares, the Temple of Earth, also named Ditan Park, is located north of the city center, Xuanwu District of Beijing. It was built in 1530 during the Ming dynasty as the place where the emperors attend annual ritual offering sacrifices to the god of earth.

The alter in Temple of Earth is named Square Water Altar (Fangze Tan), its square shape represents the earth. The altar was used to offer sacrifices to the Earth God.

Main buildings in Temple of Earth:
Square Water Altar (Fangze Tan);
Earth God Worship House (Huangqi Shi) is the place where Chinese Earth God and some other Chinese gods are worshiped;
Fast Palace (Zhai Gong) is the place for emperor's fasting before the ceremony of offering sacrifices to Earth;
Slaughter Pavilion (Zaisheng Ting);
Holy Storehouse (Shen Ku).

Travel Tips:

Take the subway to the Yonghegong (Lama Temple) subway station.
West Gate: Bus No. 104, 108, 124, 27, 104 kuai, 358, 119, 407, 328, 803, 18, 758, 850, 113, 858, 644, 643, 430
East Gate: Bus No. 125, 117
South Gate: Bus No. 44, 62, 13, 116, 606, 800, 684, te 2

Admission Fee: RMB2
Opening Hours: 6:00-21:00

Toursit Map: www.dtpark.com/dms_images/daohang/news/dtdh_2.jpg
Website (Chinese): www.dtpark.com

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