The Temple of Heaven is China's largest existing temple complex. It used to serve for the worship of heaven and celebration of harvest by Ming and Qing emperors. As famous as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven is a "must" to visit for every tourist coming to Beijing.

The main hall in the park, Hall of Prayer for good Havest, has been used everywhere, on book covers, as brands or on contless tourists objects as the symbal of Beijing, so tourists may be quit familiar with it even before they come to Beijing to have a real lookat the imperial park.