The Temple of Heaven's Director of Communication Xing Qixin has the lowdown on the way round: despite the site stretching over nearly three square kilometres, with 30 to 40,000 visitors every single day, Tiantan Park can get very busy.
"My first tip is that the best time to visit the Temple of Heaven is during the most beautiful season in Beijing: Autumn. During the day there are two peak visitor times. The first is at 10 am end the second is at 3 pm. So it's best to avoid these times to experience the Temple of Heaven at your own pace.
My third tip is to arrive at the Temple's East gate, because there are many public transportation options," he says.