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The Temple of Heaven and the Temple of Earth

Popularity 1Viewed 3157 times 2014-5-16 17:12 |System category:Life| beautiful, structure, 天圆地方, complex, Chinese

There is a Chinese saying, “天圆地方” that means heaven is round and earth is square. The Temple of Heaven has a beautiful complex of raised circular platforms stacked on one another encircled by, you guessed it, a circular wall. The Temple of Earth was the same, but the walls and platforms were all square. The Temple of Earth was serenely quiet as it is not as famous as the Temple of Heaven and the structure was a little dilapidated with grass growing up from underneath the stone floor.


Notice the difference in the stone tiles indicating round or square patterns.


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Reply Report 财神 2014-5-16 20:49
WOW, nice photos i have seen. nice journey to Temple of heaven.
Reply Report jiewei798 2014-5-17 08:36
Thank you! The second one obviously is not my own though haha. I just needed it to illustrate my point about the circles and the squares.

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