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Red Stairway Bridge

Red Stairway Bridge at the Temple of HeavenThe Red Stairway Bridge is a 360 meter passage that leads directly to the Gate of Prayer for Good Harvests. The bridge gradually increases in height from one end to the other.

The southern end is about 1 meter high and the north end is about 4 meters high. It is 29.4 meters wide. The bridge represents the distance between the heaven and earth.

You can see three parallel paths on the bridge. Unlike other temples or the Forbidden City, the left path was reserved for the emperor. The central path was for the god of heaven while the right path was used by ministers.

The Red Stairway Bridge is called as such because there is a crossing under the bridge which was used by animals designated for sacrifice.

Near the northern end of the bridge is a 150 square meter terrace which the emperor used to change his robes. A tent was set up to insure his privacy. Within the tent, a throne, incense burners and other necessities could be found.

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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Small Group Tour Cool  --- from US$37
Classic city small group tour, visit Beijing's highlight attractions to touch the face of the metropolitan city on this one-day tour. Departure: daily.

Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$55
One day private tour package covers the trip to the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Badaling Great Wall & Temple of Heaven 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$57
Badaling Great Wall, the most popular site, The Temple of Heaven is located in southern Beijing. It is included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1998. With an area of 2.7 million square meters, it is the largest of its kind in the country, enjoy this one day private tour package.

Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Heaven 1 Day Private Tour  --- from US$57
The private tour covers the trip to Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven and have a short exterior visit to the Birds Nest, water cube - the main Olympic Stadium now being built for the 2008 Olympic Games., enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Temple of Heaven Private Day Tour  --- from US$60
This 1 day private highlight city tour covers the trip to Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Beijing City Highlight Small Group Tour and Night Show Package  --- from US$62
Classic city small group tour, visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, after tour, watch the night show.

Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace Private Day Tour Cool  --- from US$63
Classic one day private tour package covers the trip to the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

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