Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Imperial Prayer Hall Beijing China

The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests, at the Temple of Heaven, a major landmark in downtown Beijing China, re-opened to visitors on Saturday after being closed for renovations for nearly a year.

The Prayer Hall is the main building of the Temple of Heaven Beijing China, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, which covers an area of 273 hectares.
The structure rests on 28 massive wooden pillars without any use of modern materials such as steel, cement or even cross beams. It’s a legendary landmark in the history of Chinese architecture.

The repair work started last May and was completed with an investment of 47 million yuan (US$5.8 million), according to the Temple of Heaven administration.

The work has restored the Prayer Hall's imperial Beijing China appearance to that of the reign of Emperor Guangxu (1875-1908) when the ancient structure underwent a major re-construction, said manager Yang Xiaodong. This is the third time the hall has been repaired since the reconstruction. The last occasion was in 1971.

Source by : china.org.cn
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