The Temple of the Earth (地坛 or ditan in Chinese) is a Chinese temple in a large park In Beijing, northwest of the Forbidden City, not far from the Lama temple. The temple was built in 1530 during the Ming dynasty. In the southwestern section of the compound there is a large square altar (Fangzetanm square water altar) measuring about 100m x 100m. This is where the emperors of the Ming and Qind dynasties performed the ceremonies of offering sacrifices to the earth.
The Ritan (日坛 in Chinese) park in the Chaoyang district east of the Forbidden City is where the Temple of the Sun was located. In its southwestern corner there is a big lotus pond.
01 Entrance to temple of earth 02 Young woman taking picture with smartphone 03 Lotus flower 04 Lotus flower 05 Hepingli south street
06 Jingqishen three treasures 07 Cortaderia selloana 08 Cortaderia selloana 09 Temple of Earth star gates 10 Ditan temple star gate
11 Temple of Earth square water altar 12 Ditan temple star gates
13 Temple of Earth square water altar 14 Temple of Earth square water altar 15 Temple of Earth star gate 16 Huangzhishi in Earth Temple
17 Huangzhishi in Ditan Temple 18 Huangzhishi in Earth Temple 19 Huangzhishi in Earth Temple 20 Huangzhishi in Earth Temple 21 Huangzhishi in Earth Temple
22 Tree line street in Earth Temple complex 23 Earth Temple Bell Tower 24 Earth Temple Bell Tower 25 Earth Temple Bell Tower 26 Tree line street in Earth Temple complex
27 Earth Temple Bell Tower 28 Earth Temple north gate 29 Tree line street in Earth Temple complex 30 Earth Temple Xindan round gate
31 Temple of Sun entrance 32 Ritan temple gate
33 Temple of Sun park 34 Ritan viewpoint 35 Ritan viewpoint
36 Temple of Sun lotus lake 37 Lotus lake pavilion 38 Ritan temple lotus lake
39 Temple of Sun lotus lake
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