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#GrandTheater #頤和園 #yiheyuan #SummerPalace #RamandainChina #Chinagram #chinesehistory #chinesearchitecture #RamandainBeijing #北京 #中国 #instaBeijing #beijing #china  #RamandaLifeTravel #QingDynasty #wanderlust #travel #travelgram #travelphotography  #lovetravelling #instatravel #theglobewanderer #aroundtheworld #igphotography #traveller #travelling #mytravelgram #igtravel #postcardsfromtheworld ⬇️⬇️ (Ref. www.travelchinaguide.com) ⬇️⬇️ Whenever there was a celebration in the Qing imperial palace, Peking opera was a must and it had become especially popular from the reign of Emperor Qianlong. Opera was the prevailing passion of Dowager Empress Cixi. When she came to the Summer Palace, she would watch opera on the second day. She was not satisfied with the little theater in the Hall for Listening to Orioles. So when the Summer Palace was undergoing renovation in 1891 following destruction during the 1860 war, the site of previous Yichuntang was chosen as the place to build a new larger theater. More than two hundred different opera performances were put on here for her, during the period from the completion of the theater until her death. The theater is 21 meters in height (68.9 feet), with three storeys. From top to bottom, are the Fu Stage (Happiness Stage), the Lu Stage (Affluence Stage), and the Shou Stage (Longevity Stage). The floors of each stage have trapdoors and under the Shou Stage there are a deep well and five ponds. The well and ponds were used to amplify the sound effects through acoustic resonance and to make water appear to spout from a dragon's mouth. Special effects could be performed from beneath the three stages. This made scenes involving immortals and apparitions more vivid and realistic as they emerged or flew onto the stage by means of a winch installed on the ceiling of the theatre. The two-storeyed Dressing House is behind the stages and connected to the theater. This was where the actors put on their costumes and make up. It now houses an exhibition of opera costumes and props, Cixi’s sedan chair, and an oil painting of Cixi.

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The Circular Mound Altar is located to the south of the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It is an open three-layered circular stone altar. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), the emperors would offer sacrifice to Heaven on the day of the Winter Solstice every year. This ceremony was to thank heaven and hope everything would be good in the future. Founded in the 9th year of Emperor Jiajing (1530) of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), it is the very heart of the Temple of Heaven and thus it is also known as the Terrace of Worshipping Heaven. Ref. www.travelchinaguide.com ⬇️⬇️ @visitbeijingofficial #天壇 #TempleofHeaven #Tiantan #RamandainChina #chinesearchitecture #RamandainBeijing #北京 #中国 #instaBeijing #beijing #china  #RamandaLifeTravel #chinesehistory #Asiatravel #weheartBeijing #instathrowback #wanderlust #travel #travelgram #travelphotography  #lovetravelling #instatravel #theglobewanderer #aroundtheworld #igphotography #traveller #travelling #mytravelgram #igtravel #postcardsfromtheworld

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The Circular Mound Altar is located to the south of the Imperial Vault of Heaven. It is an open three-layered circular stone altar. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911), the emperors would offer sacrifice to Heaven on the day of the Winter Solstice every year. This ceremony was to thank heaven and hope everything would be good in the future. Founded in the 9th year of Emperor Jiajing (1530) of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), it is the very heart of the Temple of Heaven and thus it is also known as the Terrace.mof Worshipping Heaven. #天壇 #TempleofHeaven #Tiantan #RamandainChina #chinesearchitecture #RamandainBeijing #北京 #中国 #instaBeijing #beijing #china  #RamandaLifeTravel #chinesehistory #Asiatravel #weheartBeijing #instathrowback #wanderlust #travel #travelgram #travelphotography  #lovetravelling #instatravel #theglobewanderer #aroundtheworld #igphotography #traveller #travelling #mytravelgram #igtravel #postcardsfromtheworld 44443

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Heaven Heart Stone, also known as Sun Stone, is one of most distinct, design-wise, in the Temple of Heaven. It is a round stone in the center of the altar which is slightly protruding. If you stand on it and shout or knock, the sound waves will be clearly echoed.  In ancient times, at the Worshipping Heaven Ceremony, the ritual officer would stand on the stone to read the oration and the clangorous sound seemed to be reaching to heaven. Ref. Www.travelchinaguide.com ⬇️⬇️ #天壇 #TempleofHeaven #Tiantan #RamandainChina #chinesearchitecture #RamandainBeijing #北京 #中国 #instaBeijing #beijing #china  #RamandaLifeTravel #chinesehistory #Asiatravel #weheartBeijing #instathrowback #wanderlust #travel #travelgram #travelphotography  #lovetravelling #instatravel #theglobewanderer #aroundtheworld #igphotography #traveller #travelling #mytravelgram #igtravel #postcardsfromtheworld

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The Echo Wall - "Thanks to its unique acoustic properties, a quiet spoken word or two against this circular wall can be heard at the opposite point, some 65m away (although the din of other tourists chattering can drown it out!" Ref. Lonely Planet @visitbeijingofficial @lonelyplanet #天壇 #TempleofHeaven #Tiantan #RamandainChina #chinesearchitecture #RamandainBeijing #北京 #中国 #instaBeijing #beijing #china  #RamandaLifeTravel #chinesehistory #Asiatravel #weheartBeijing #instathrowback #wanderlust #travel #travelgram #travelphotography  #lovetravelling #instatravel #theglobewanderer #aroundtheworld #igphotography #traveller #travelling #mytravelgram #igtravel #postcardsfromtheworld

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