Delicious Lamb's Spine!
Take a look at the fireworks above during Chinese New Year!
The weather was pretty cold, but not as cold as that first day we went to the Forbidden City. We decided to go to the Great Wall the day we went because the weather was 19 degrees Celsius, but at Badaling it was about 4 or 5 degrees lower so we still dressed warmly.
The day we went to the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square, the weather was "hai hao," or okay. When we entered the Temple of Heaven, there were several gates you needed to get past. The outer perimeter was the sacrificial pit area and the second, third gates were more temples. When you finally arrive at the center, or the Hall of Prayer, you pray for good harvests. It was all very beautifully sculpted. When we went to the innermost Hall of Prayer, they were actually filming a movie or something at the site and we saw some traditional robes of the Emperor's advisors and servants. They roped off the area so no tourists could disturb them while they filmed.
The film crew filming at the Hall of Prayers
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