Exploring Beijing and the Temple of Heaven

Ray and I slept in a bit today, walked around Beijing, walked through some hutongs, ate at some random duck place, went to South Cathedral Church which is the above ground Catholic Church since the real one is very much illegal and underground. Then we headed to the Temple of Heaven, which was completed during the Ming dynasty. It’s the largest temple complexes in China. It was a beautiful and bizarre place as it was in the temple that the emperor would make sacrifices and pray to the ancestors in heaven. As I stood in the middle this large marble platform decorated with dragon carvings, I wondered how much was sacrificed here.

We’re both exhausted and I’ve got an early flight tomorrow, while Ray gets to gallivant around the Forbidden City and Tiennamen Square all day, so I’m outtie. Night!