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The Temple of Annual Prayers is where
the emperor prayed for a good harvest.

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The blue roof tiles symbolize
heaven -

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and three roofs respectively earth,
heaven and the emperor as

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intermediary between them.

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The 4 central columns represent the
seasons;

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the 24 outer columns stand for the 12
months and 12 hours into which

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the Chinese divided the day.

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Detailed decorations highlight the
dragon, symbol of the emperor,

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and the phoenix, symbol of the
empress.

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The Temple of the Universe housed
the tablets of the Ancestors,

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and the incredible acoustics of the
courtyard highlight the precision

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of its construction.

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A clap on the third of the three
stones in front of the altar produces

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three echoes,

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two on the second, and one on the
first,

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much to the delight of tourists.

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Duo gong bracketing, now purely
decorative, was built in ceramic

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perhaps because of the scarcity of
wood in China since the 11 th century.

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Indeed, when the temple was rebuilt
after a fire in the last century,

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the giant fir wood columns used to
rebuild it had to be imported from

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the American state of Oregon

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The third and final altar visited by
the emperor during his ritual

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was the Round Mound,

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a simple and magnificent design
consisting of three ascending tiers

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of white marble.

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After fasting and donning special
robes the emperor ascended the

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nine steps up to the altar stand alone
before Heaven.

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Kneeling in a circle in the middle of
nine slabs and prostrating himself

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nine times,

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he offered his report on the state of
the empire and asked for guidance

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and blessings.

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The acoustics at the center of the
mound created an echo, like

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a voice from heaven,

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that only the emperor standing at
the center could hear.

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In Yongle's magnificent temple of
Heaven the ancient traditions

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of the pagoda

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and of Chinese architectural symbolism
had found their grandest expression.

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So even for an imported structure like
an Indian stupa,

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the Chinese used their own
construction techniques and symbolism.

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They made it thoroughly their own.

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In a pagoda we see the Chinese concept
of the universe exemplified

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as we do for instance in this vase
or in this old Chinese coin:

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earth square, heaven round.

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Classic Chinese architecture is an
elegant and practical building system.

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But its other purpose was to use
symbols to impart meaning

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to man's environment.

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Both by the way they selected sites
and built buildings,

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the ancient Chinese filled their world

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with structured
which physically embodied

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and articulated their
understanding of the universe