Confucius Temple Tours

Confucius Temple
Originally built in 1302, Confucius Temple in Beijing is China’s second-largest temple dedicated to the great ancient Chinese thinker and teacher, whose influence is still felt today. The temple, which covers a space of 5.4 acres (2.2 hectares), also offers a peaceful sanctuary from the urban hustle and bustle.

The Basics
Confucius Temple has four separate courtyards, four main buildings—Xianshi Gate, Dacheng Gate, Dacheng Hall, and Chongsheng Temple—and numerous pavilions. There are also nearly 200 stone steles on which are inscribed the names of officials who passed the highest level of imperial exams, as well as the 13 Classics of Confucius, also known as the Qianlong Classics. Dotted around the complex are statues of Confucius and many old cypress trees, the most famous of which is the 700-year-old Chujian Bai (Touch Evil Cypress). Next to the temple, on the same grounds, is the Imperial College, or Guozijian Museum, and the site where emperors would recount Confucian classics to students.

Located close to the famous Lama Temple, many visitors visit both temples together, along with other attractions such as Dongyue Temple or nearby hutongs, either independently or as part of a guided tour. Some tours incorporate activities such as a rickshaw ride or calligraphy lessons.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Confucius Temple is a must-visit for those who want to better understand the impact of Confucianism on Chinese culture.
  • The admission fee to enter the Confucius Temple also covers the Guozijian Museum.
  • Plan to spend at least an hour to visit both the temple and the museum.

How to Get There
Confucius Temple is located in Beijing’s Dongcheng district. Take the subway Line 2 or Line 5, get off at Yonghegong Station (Exit G), and walk southwest. Alternatively, take bus number 13 or 684 to Guozijian Station, or bus 116 or 117 to Yonghegong (Yonghe Temple) Station.

When to Get There
The temple is open year-round, with slightly reduced hours from November to April. During this same period, the museum is closed on Mondays.
 
The 13 Classics
There are more than 630,000 characters forming the 13 Classics carved in the Confucius Temple’s stone steles. These cover the Book of Changes, the Book of History, the Book of Songs, and the Analects, among other key Confucian classics. The characters were engraved over a period of four years during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, which is why they are also referred to as the Qianlong Classics.
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Half Day Tour To Lama Temple And Confucius Temple

Enjoy a personalized masterclass in China’s diverse religions on this private half-day door-to-door tour of Beijing’s Lama Temple and Confucius Temple. Choose between morning or afternoon tours to fit your busy schedule and breeze straight past the long lines with your personal guide. Please note: the Confucius Temple closes on Mondays, so your guide will introduce the Drum Tower and Bell Tower instead.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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4-Hour Private Tour: Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, Guozijian Museum with Dim Sum

Enjoy the intimacy of a private tour while seeing 2 of Beijing’s most iconic temples, Lama Temple and Confucius Temple. Your English speaking guide teaches you about architecture, beliefs and local heritage so you fully appreciate the significance of the temples. Schedule at your convenience with either a morning visit followed by a traditional dim sum lunch, or an afternoon visit followed by dinner.
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6-hour Private Tour to Prince Gong's Mansion, Confucian Temple, Lama Temple

If you’re short on time, opt for a stress-free tour of Beijing highlights such as Gong Wang Fu, Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and Confucius Temple. Take a guided tour of each landmark, listening to guide commentary full of interesting facts, and see, too, the statue of Maitreya Buddha. For added convenience, round-trip hotel transfers, lunch, and entrance fees are all included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Beijing Spiritual Tour with Lunch and Tea Ceremony

Visit three of Beijing’s most significant monasteries—and discover China’s three most influential religions—on this spiritually-themed tour of Buddhist, Confucianist, and Taoist temples. Explore peaceful sanctuaries, away from the bustle of the capital, filled with timeless relics and ornate statues. Tours include complimentary hotel transfers, a tasty Chinese-style restaurant lunch, and an exclusive ceremony at a traditional tea house.
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
  • Duration: 6 to 7 hours
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Private Temple Tour: Lama Temple, Temple of Confucius and Niujie Mosque

Combine visits to three of Beijing's most popular temples — the Niujie Mosque, the Temple of Confucius, and the Lama Temple — during this 8-hour private tour. Entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip private hotel transportation from locations inside the 4th Ring Road.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Beijing Tour: Lama Temple, Confucius Temple, and Hutong Rickshaw Ride

If you’ve got limited time in Beijing, don’t waste your vacation navigating unfamiliar public transport systems. Tick off some of the city’s top attractions with ease on a private full-day tour of  Lama Temple (Yonghegong), Confucius Temple, and the Beijing Hutongs by private vehicle. Visit the second largest Confucian Temple in China; marvel at a famous Tibetan Buddhist temple; and take a rickshaw ride around Beijing Hutongs, a historic network of alleyways. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Early Bird Beijing Dim Sum Breakfast with Lama Temple Tour

With this morning tour, combine local eats with sightseeing around Beijing. First, fuel up with dim sum (typically includes steamed buns, dumplings, and rice noodle rolls with beef, chicken, pork, prawns, and veggies) at a local restaurant. Following that, join your guide for a walk along Wudaoying Hutong, which is dotted with shops, boutiques, cafes, and nightlife spots. The tour also includes stops at Lama Temple, the Temple of Confucius, and Imperial College.
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3-Hour Private Walking Tour including Monk Blessing Ceremony at Lama Temple

Discover the spectacular temples of Beijing on this private walking tour. By opting for a private tour, you’ll have your guide’s undivided attention and will be able to ask questions along the way. Start your day with a hotel pickup before heading to Lama Temple. Conveniently all entrance fees are included, so you’ll bypass long visitor lines. A highlight of the tour is a Monk Blessing Ceremony at Lama Temple. You’ll also visit the Temple of Confucius, and Imperial College.
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  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Old Tartar City Architecture Tour with a Historian

Learn about Beijing’s history through the ages—and visit some of its most significant, centuries-old landmarks—on this small-group tour. Meet your guide in the morning and venture first to the Temple of Confucius (among the largest Confucian temples in China) and the Guozijian Museum (once used as an imperial college). Learn more about China’s dynastic past from your historian guide before ambling down the city's winding hutongs: traditional alleyways that reflect a bygone side of Beijing life.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private VIP Sightseeing Beijing City Day Tour with Various Lunch Choices

This special tailor-made city tour allows you to choose the tourist attractions you want to visit. Travel by Audi, BMW, Mercedes, or Buick MPV to top Beijing city attractions such as the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and etc. Accompanied by your personal and knowledgeable guide, and pick your own favorite style lunch upon booking, such as Din Tai Fung Dim Sum, Dadong Peking Duck, fine dining experience at famous TRB restaurant and etc.. All entrance fees, private guide and transfer service are all inclusive.
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Relaxing Private Beijing Layover Tour with Hot Spring Bath

Instead of being bored at the airport, you will spend a quality time with your professional private guide to discover amazing Beijing city's top attractions, such as Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple  and etc.. You will also enjoy an outdoor hot spring bath before heading your connecting flight. The tour itinerary is 100% customized based on your interests. Feel free to discuss with your friendly guide upon pickup time. English speaking tour guide, private vehicle, entrance fee to city attractions, lunch or dinner in local restaurant, entrance fee to hot spring, round-trip airport transfer are included.
  • Duration: 5 to 9 hours
  • Duration: 5 to 9 hours
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Private Culture Tour - Lama temple -Confucius temple - DongYue temple

China is one of the world's four ancient civilizations over 5000 years history, and the written history of China dates back to the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600–1046 BC), over 3,000 years ago. Two  main religion : Buddhism , Taoism/ Daoism and one main traditional culture : Confucius culture.This 8-hour private tour takes you to deep dive into the rich culture of Beijing. Visit the Lama temple where you can see halls of different Buddhas and get to know the culture and belief . Followed by a tour to the Confucian Temple where you can see traditional Chinese culture. The end to visit Dongyue temple which is a Taoism temple . You would see what is the difference between Buddhism temple . This is private tour with knowledgable guide.
  • Duration: 6 to 8 hours
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2-Day Pingyao Private Tour: Ancient Town and Shuanglin Temple by High-Speed Train from Xi'an

Discover the charms of historic Pingyao, one of China’s best-preserved ancient towns, on this private 2-day tour from Xi’an, including 4-star overnight accommodation and round-trip train transport. Stand before the mighty City Walls, tour the Temple of Confucius and spend time strolling the shops and teahouses of Ming-Qing Street in downtown Pingyao. Start your second day with a private Chinese calligraphy class, then learn more about China’s rich art heritage as you visit the magnificent UNESCO-listed Shuanglin Temple.
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Private Beijing Custom Day Tour from Tianjin by Bullet Train

Enjoy a 30-minute Bullet train ride from Tianjin to Beijing and tailor your tour according to which landmarks interest you most of Beijing, such as Forbidden City, Summer Palace and more. Tasty local lunch, entrance fees, private guide in Beijing and round-trip first class bullet train tickets are all inclusive.
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2-Day Qufu Historical Tour from Qingdao by High Speed Rail

Visit Confucius hometown in Qufu and experience the Confucianism in China! Witness the Kong Family Mansion that is as large as an imperial palace, the Temple of Confucius as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Confucius Cemetery as the largest private cemetery in the world.
  • Duration: 2 days
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Private Layover Tour of Cultural Beijing with Silk Alley Market

Airport layovers are no fun, which is why savvy travelers escape the airport to see the sights. On this full-day, cultural tour around Beijing, make the most of the time before your departing flight by exploring the city. See Beijing's top sights, including the temples, Drum Tower, and Yandai Xie Street. End the day in Silk Alley Market for souvenir shopping, and head back to the airport with more than enough time to catch your flight.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Custom Beijing City Day Tour from Tianjin

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  • Duration: 8 hours
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