Little palace in the Temple of Heaven

The entrance to Zhaigong, or the Palace of Abstinence, in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, is seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

The entrance to Zhaigong, or the Palace of Abstinence, in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, is seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

A view of the Beamless Hall at Zhaigong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, is seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

A view of the Beamless Hall at Zhaigong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, is seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

A replica of a water bottle used by ancient Chinese emperors is on display at Zhaigong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing in this undated photo. /CGTN

A replica of a water bottle used by ancient Chinese emperors is on display at Zhaigong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing in this undated photo. /CGTN

Two layers of walls in the Zhaigong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, are seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

Two layers of walls in the Zhaigong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, are seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

A view of the Beamless Hall at Zhaigong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, is seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

A view of the Beamless Hall at Zhaigong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, is seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

The bell tower of Zhaiong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, is seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

The bell tower of Zhaiong in the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, is seen in this undated photo. /CGTN

Zhaigong, or the Palace of Abstinence, is a small palace within the 604-year-old Temple of Heaven complex, a place where the emperors of China’s Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties prayed for bountiful harvests. Ancient Chinese emperors would spend several days at Zhaigong in total abstinence from earthly pleasures before a grand ceremony of worship at the Temple of Heaven.