The Temple of Heaven (天坛), a stunning imperial complex of religious structures, is where the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties visited to pray for good harvests. The park encircling the complex is a pleasure to stroll through, especially in the early morning. The local elderly gather here for all sorts of activities: ballroom dancing lessons, browsing each other’s bird collections, a game of badminton, and tai chi — just to name a few. The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests (祈年殿), a major structure located in the center of the complex, is breathtakingly beautiful. One tip I have for those planning to visit is to enter right when the gates open, to catch a glimpse of its beauty without a surrounding sea of people and selfie sticks (hehe). A truly wondrous sight to behold.
This dress from Reformation has been one of my favorite dresses this summer. In a beautiful shade of cerulean blue, it is made of breathable linen, while the tie-waist and high slits give it a flattering finish. It has been my go-to for everything from sightseeing days to date nights.
the reformation ghana dress
isapera elia sandal
bag via Shanghai tianzifang
& other stories earrings
photography by the wondrous alice xiang