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The Temple of Heaven, or Tiantan, is sometimes used as the very symbol of Beijing. The temple was visited regularly visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvests. Speaking of which, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is a magnificent triple-gabled circular building, 32 metres in diameter and 38 metres tall, built on three levels of marble stone base. The building is completely wooden, using no nails in its construction.
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The Temple of Heaven, or Tiantan, is sometimes used as the very symbol of Beijing. The temple was visited regularly  visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer for good harvests. Speaking of which, the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests is a magnificent triple-gabled circular building, 32 metres in diameter and 38 metres tall, built on three levels of marble stone base.  The building is completely wooden, using no nails in its construction.