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Imperial ritual performed at Temple of Heaven

2009-01-28 01:10:33 GMT2009-01-28 09:10:33 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A performer acting as the "emperor" (C), accompanied by his "corteges" wearing costumes of the royal court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), walks on the marble way at the Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Bin)

Ritual performers wearing costumes of the royal court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) perform in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Bin)

Ritual performers wearing costumes of the royal court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) perform in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Bin)

Ritual performers wearing costumes of the royal court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) perform in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Bin)

Ritual performers wearing costumes of the royal court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) perform in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2009. (Xinhua/Liu Bin)

Ritual performers wearing costumes of the royal court of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) performed in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Tiantan (Temple of Heaven) Park in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 26, 2009.

The Temple of Heaven, first built in 1420 and used to be the imperial sacrificial altar during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties, was holding a reenaction of the ancient royal ritual for the worship of the heaven from Jan. 26, the first day of the Chinese lunar New Year, till Jan. 30.

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