This 2.5-hour tour includes a 1-hour Tai Chi class and the tour of the Temple of Heaven. The temple is located in the southeast of Beijing downtown with a very exquisite design. In the past dynasties of ancient China, emperors would hold ceremony of worshiping the Heaven and pray for favorable weather and abundant harvests. The main building in the temple is the "Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest". Note: Your tour can be started from either 9am or 2pm. Preferably in the morning since it appears to be more lively and more things to see in The Temple of Heaven.
Once you meet your guide, you can get ready for this unique tour. Enjoy a private Tai Chi class (1 hour) with a renowned local Tai Chi master, learn some basic gestures of 9 steps elementary Tai Chi Ch'uan as well as authentic methods to improve internal energy (Qi) that helps to maintain people's good health. Then visit the Temple of Heaven on a walking tour for another 1.5 hour.
The Temple of Heaven, formerly called the Temple of Heaven and Earth, was first built in the 18th year (1420) of the Yongle reign under Ming (1368-1644) Emperor Chengzu, where the emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) offered sacrifices to the Gods of Heaven and Earth. In the 9th year (1530) of the Jiajing reign in the Ming Dynasty, a temple was especially built to offer sacrifices to the God of Earth in the northern suburban of Beijing, which was named the Temple of Earth, and therefore the Temple of Heaven and Earth, changed into the present name, was used only to worship the Heaven and pray for grain. This is one of the must go attractions in Beijing.