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Confucius Temple

A quiet sanctuary away from the smoggy streets of Beijing, the restored main hall of this temple contains a statue of the sage Kongzi (Confucius). It is the second largest Confucian Temple in China, after the sanctuary in Confucius’ hometown of Qufu.

Inside the temple, stone tablets record the names of more than 50,000 learned scholars from the Yuan, Ming Qing dynasties. Also recorded are generations of ancient academics who managed to pass the Imperial Examination, regarded by historians as the world’s first standardized merit-based test.

Nearby is the Imperial College, built in 1306 by the grandson of Kublai Khan to teach Confucian classics. It was the supreme academy of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, where even the emperor came once a year to expound the classics to an audience of thousands.

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Best Beijing Walking Tour: History of Chinese Thought and Religion Led by a PhD Scholar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Visit Beijing’s major temples with a PhD scholar of Chinese history and gain an in-depth understanding of China’s three major religions: Confucianism, Daoism ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.99

Old Tartar City Architecture Tour with a Historian

This is a walking tour that begins in Lama Temple and ends on Zhangzizhong Lu . It is a historical tour and focuses mainly on traditional Chinese ...  Read more

Location: Beijing Region, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.00

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