China's "Temple of Heaven" Descriptive Essay

China's "Temple of Heaven"
Describes the author's trek at the Temple of Heaven and the history surrounding this treasure located in Beijing, China.
# 118913 | 5,495 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 15, 2010 in Architecture (Buildings) , Asian Studies (East Asian Cultures) , History (Asian)

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This paper explains that the Temple of Heaven was not always used as a place for recreation by the public as it is today. Rather, it was built in 1420 for the sole use of one man, Emperor of China. The paper relates the architecture, the culture, the religion and the extensive history of China as related to this area. The paper concludes that the temple is not only popular among visiting foreign tourists but also among the Chinese, who love to celebrate daily in a structure recognized as a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design that represents the evolution of the great civilization of China.

From the Paper:

"From 1420, when it was completed, until April 1644, the Forbidden City remained under control of the Ming Dynasty until Li Zicheng and his group of rebel forces who hungered for power conquered it. After it was successfully captured, Li Zichen, standing at the Hall of Military Eminence, then proceeded to declare himself emperor of the new Shun Dynasty. Chongzhen, the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty soon after hanged himself on Jingshan Hill for loosing what his ancestors had built for him. Li Zicheng's victory however was short lived."

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Reese, Robert. "Filial Piety in Chinese Religion." 2003.9 July. 2009.<>.
  • Hooker, Richard. "Ch'ing China The Boxer Rebellion." 14 July. 1999.10 July. 2009.<>.

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