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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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

Private Tour of Beijing: Shichahai, Nanluoguxiang and Peking Opera with Peking Duck Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

On this private tour of Beijing, experience unique cultural activities and locales that present a diverse mix of Chinese culture. Discover the wonderful form ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.00

2-Night Best of Shandong Tour by Bullet Train from Beijing

Ride the world’s fastest railway to Qufu and explore the attractions of Shandong on a private 2-night tour from Beijing. Visit the Temple of Confucius, ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

From USD $473.75

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