The Imperial Ancestral Temple

The Imperial Ancestral Temple

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The Imperial Ancestral Temple

Introduction: IntroductionBeijing Working People’s Cultural Palace(also called Taimiao) is situated o­n ..

Tickets:Taimiao fee and opening hoursAdmission 2yuanOpening hours 8:00-20:00

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The Imperial Ancestral Temple Introduction

Beijing Working People’s Cultural Palace(also called Taimiao) is situated o­n the east side of Tian'anmen. It used to be the imperial ancestral temple for offering sacrifices to Heaven and the Earth in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Built in 1420 (the 18th year of Yongle in the Ming Dynasty), it covers a total area of 197,000 square meters, and is circled by three red walls. The three halls inside the Halberd Gate, which are the central structures, are imposing and solemn, with roofs covered with yellow glazed tiles. The front hall, called Sacrificial Hall, was for holding grand sacrificial ceremonies. It stands o­n a tri-tiered sumeru base made of white marble. Inside the hall, the sixty-eight columns and the wooden components are all made of expensive golden-silk nanmu wood; the floor is paved with golden bricks, and the ceiling is adorned with colored gilded paintings.

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The former imperial forbidden compound was turned into Beijing Working People’s Cultural Palace after 1949, with its name inscribed by Chairman Mao. It was officially opened to the public o­n May 1, 1950. Over the past 50 years, it has become a ‘school and amusement park’ for working people, and a national ‘model cultural palace for workers’. Various activities held here throughout the year attract many visitors and tourists; its artistic training and vocational education programs have yielded a large number of persons qualified for various jobs; its performing troupes enjoy a long-standing reputation and popularity. The cultural palace is also a center for the Party and the state to host important political, economic and cultural events, both domestic and international, for instance, such grand, exciting occasions as Yanni’s concert and the opera Turadot—the latter was voted as the top ten entertainment events in China in the 20th century. Currently, the Sacrificial Hall houses the Chinese Peace Bell, the largest two-note set-bells for stage performance in the world, whose name was inscribed by former president Jiang Zemin, who struck it for the first time o­n January 1, 2000. As a municipal park, a historical and cultural garden, and a major tourist attraction in the neighborhood of Tian’anmen, the Working People’s Palace leaves an unforgettable impression o­n tourists both at home and abroad by perfectly integrating traditional and modern culture.

The Imperial Ancestral Temple Tickets

Taimiao fee and opening hours
Admission 2yuan
Opening hours 8:00-20:00

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Bus 1,4,10,20

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