Imperial Temple of Emperors
This one is a bit out of left-field: a temple where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties came to worship emperors of the past – the only such well-preserved temple of this sort in China. The focal point of this worship was the Three Emperors and the Five Emperors. According to legend, these sovereigns ruled in the 3rd millennium BC, before the Xia Dynasty. The Three Emperors were god-kings who helped the people through magic, while the Five Emperors were very wise and just rulers, considered model sovereigns. But at its peak some 188 kings were worshipped at the Imperial Temple of Emperors along with 79 particularly distinguished ministers and generals. Memorial tablets for these past sovereigns and sages are enshrined in the temple. Built in 1530, the main building in the temple is the Jing De Chong Sheng Palace, a beautiful building with gold-trim pillars and a yellow glazed tile roof. The Imperial Temple of Emperors is a spread over a total area of 21500 square meters with buildings accounting for 6000 square meters of that space.
Admission: ¥20 (¥10 for students). Open: 9:00-16:00.
Address: 131 Fuchengmennei Dajie. Subway: Xisi. Tel: +86 (010) 6612 0186. Website: www.lddwm.com
Directions: Walk west along Fuchengmennei Dajie from Xisi subway station – about 10 minutes walk.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去历代帝王庙，谢谢。地址：阜成门内大街131号。 (Please take me to the Imperial Temple of Emperors. Thank you.)