The shape of the Temple of Heaven is probably familiar to people in the USA. I have been noticing it a lot more on menus, wallpapers and prints at Chinese restaurants, since I took a tour on my vacation. Just look at how small the people look in the pictures. The size is amazing.

There is an huge park, as well as other buildings, around the Temple of Heaven. You can easily spend a few hours walking around here, and it is right in downtown Beijing. You can see one entrance in a photo above. There was a lot of construction going on in Beijing in 2002 with construction cranes everywhere.