|November 3, 2004 Day 17
We were soon on our way. The last stop on our tour would be the Temple of Heaven a place where the Earthly ruler talks to the heavenly ruler. As Chinese emperors called themselves Tianzi, or the son of heaven, they had to cede supremacy to the heaven.
Chinese emperors had many other gods to worship apart from the god of heaven, including the gods of earth, water and war. They also worshipped their ancestors. As a result, religious activities were an important part of their busy work schedule. Temples of various kinds are scattered throughout Beijing. The Temple of Heaven is the grandest of them all.
At lunch, our final meal together, we toasted Kara, our escort, for the fine job she had done and mulled over some of the expressions that had been coined.
As Nancy remembers:
Somewhat sadly, we got ready to make our final China journey to the airport.
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