Ephemeral poetry, painted with water, in Tian Tan Park
Temple of Heaven
Gambling over a game of dominoes in Tian Tan Park
Hacky sack players in Tian Tan Park
Julie in front of the Temple of Prayer for Good Harvests. This was as close as we could get; it was closed for renovation.
Players practicing the erhu (two-stringed Chinese violin) in Tian Tan Park
Quiet walkway in Tian Tan Park
Doing the tango in Tian Tan (Temple of Heaven) Park. There were a bunch of couples there ballroom dancing.
Prayer stones in the east annex
Strolling in Tian Tan Park
Center stone of the Round Altar. Standing on this stone and speaking will supposedly make your voice audible from far away. There are 9 stones in the first circle, then 18, then 27, etc.
Dragon heads on the outside of the Round Altar, Tian Tan Park
Detail view of tilework on the Round Altar, Tian Tan Park
Introductory poster about the one-child policy
Tian Tan Park: view of Temple of Prayer for Good Harvests from just inside the north gate.
Playing Chinese chess in Tian Tan Park
Large plaza surrounding the Round Altar
Panorama of the Temple of Heaven and its two annexes. Assembled using AutoStitch.
Singing with the erhu in Tian Tan Park
Me in front of the Temple of Prayer for Good Harvests.
A series of posters in the Temple of Heaven Park explain China's one-child policy in exacting detail.
Pretty, if out-of-focus, bird; these were all over the place in Tian Tan Park and other green areas in Beijing.
Prayer stones in the west annex
The so-called Seven-Star Stones. If you look closely, you can see there are eight of them!
Public-service poster advising people to watch their diets
Side view of Temple of Prayer for Good Harvests
Gambling over a game of Chinese chess
View from the Round Altar toward the Temple of Heaven and, in the background, the Temple of Prayer for Good Harvests
The Round Altar
"Xiangsheng," a form of comedy involving one or two people speaking and singing
Playing a ball game in Tian Tan Park