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by Irish lassie
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
July 28, 2001
We not only found Tai Chi classes but we found groups of people waltzing and singing and praying and playing badmitton! At 7:30 AM my husband and I were waltzing to Strauss waltzes, it was just so much fun. We watched classes of women performing beautiful dances with scarves and fans, we also saw people performing graceful exercizes with swords, and music accompanied all of this through hidden speakers. My husband was trying the sword exercises without a sword, when the cutest little girl ran up and gave him sword to use, while saying "hallo, hallo". The park is many acres wide and I suggest that you arrive early on a weekend morning and just stroll; it is like nothing I've ever seen in the U.S., and it seems to be a very happy celebration of being alive. It is all over by 9 AM.
From journal Beijing
February 19, 2001
From journal Magical Mystical Beijing
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
September 18, 2000
Entry to the park itself was Y4 and we entered at the West Heavenly Gate. We then walked up to the main (tourist) attraction, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests via a fantastic tree lined avenue. Admission to The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest was a further Y10, but this also included entry to the Round Alter and the Imperial Vault of Heaven. The Hall was spectacular and well worth seeing. It is one of the only examples of Ming architecture left in Beijing (although it was 'faithfully reconstructed' after burning down in 1889). Most other Ming buildings, including the Forbidden City were destroyed when the Qing Dynasty came to power. The building itself is 38 m high yet it doesn't have a single nail in it! It stands on a three tiered marble terrace that was very similar in design to those we had seen in the Forbidden City and Beihai Park. Behind the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests was the Hall of August Heaven. This was filled with a display of different relics. A couple of the other buildings on each side of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests had also been turned into museums and we spent a bit of time looking at the things in them.
From there we went to the Round Altar, where the emperor talked directly to god as the 'collective voice of the whole nation'. It has been constructed in such a way that your voice is amplified to become 'sonorous and resonant'. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me. We had to bypass the Imperial Vault of Heaven and Echo Wall because we ran out of time. I would have liked to visit Echo Wall because, apparently, if you whisper along the inner wall, it can be heard round the other side. However the number of people around meant that it probably wouldn't have worked anyway.
From journal Bumbling Through Beijing