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Ming Sites

Below is an illustrated index of the 3 Ming sites profiled on Sacred Destinations so far. For photo credits, please see corresponding articles.



  • Temple of Heaven
    Beijing, China
    Completed in 1420, this magnificent temple was considered the meeting point of Earth and Heaven. For 500 years it hosted the emperors' sacrifices and prayers for a good harvest at the winter solstice.
  • Hsi Lai Temple
    Los Angeles, USA
    Completed in 1988, this Chinese Buddhist temple and monastery in Hacienda Heights is the largest in the United States.
  • Temple of the Town God (Chenghuang Miao)
    Shanghai, China
    This Taoist temple was founded in 1403 but the current temple dates from the early 1990s. It is dedicated to a local hero and is part of a large marketplace.