Back in 1400 BC, Beijing was ruled by the mighty Ming Dynasty. However, the might of the Mings faltered when confronted with the fright of a bad harvest. In fact, one of the many religious buildings in the imperial complex is called the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest, where the king and his subjects gathered to pray ardently for a good harvest. While most believe the Temple of Heaven is a Taoist Temple, there are records to confirm that worshipping heaven was a tradition pre-dating Taoism. Step into this ancient temple and unlock a treasure trove of Chinese culture: its religion, philosophy and history. Since 1988, the complex has been made accessible as a public park by the government.