The Temple of Heaven is a series of buildings in a Beijing park used by ancient Chinese emperors for prayer.
Here’s a less abstract view of the same building. Apparently the wooden tower was built without any nails. I guess it’s held together with a combination of luck and spit. There were other similar buildings throughout the complex also used for prayer and sacrifice. Best building name: “Animal-beating pavilion.”
The park around the temple complex was full of people playing games, dancing, singing and exercising. This woman twirled a long cloth attached to a stick, making pretty, ribbon-like patterns. (Photographer’s note: I was eating a delicious milk-flavored popsicle when I made this picture. The popsicle cost about 45 cents.)