Signage in front of firewood stove of green glazed brick
There are nine stairs respectively on the east, west and south sides, reaching the top of the stove, while the north side has an opening used for adding firewood. Before the worshipping ceremony, a washed and shaved calf would be put on the stove and burned with pine twigs and reeds.
An outdoor empty circular platform on three levels of marble stones, part of the Altar of Heaven (Temple of Heaven) complex, built during the 9th year of Emperor Jiajing's (Ming Shizong or Zhu Houcong) reign of the Ming Dynasty. Enlarged in 1749 (the 14th year of the Emperor Qianlong's reign of the Qing Dynasty). The round terrace was first covered with deep blue glazed slabs surrounded with a white marble balustrade when it was expanded. The round terraces represent communication with heaven. All the components of the terraces and balustrades are multiples of the number 9. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the emperors would offer sacrifices to Heaven on the day of the Winter Solstice every year. Sacrificial animals and other offerings were burned here to ensure good harvests.