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Confucius Temple

* The second largest Confucius Temple in China.
History: Built from 1302
Distance from downtown: 0
Entrance fee: RMB 30
Open Hours: 8:30-16:30 
* Address:  No.15 Guozijian Street,Andingmennei,Dongcheng District      *  TEL:  8610-65128923/65242202
* Best visiting time: All year around

Confucius Temple
Confucius Temple
Confucius Temple
Confucius Temple
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The Confucius Temple is located on Guozijian Street and served as a ritual site for worship ceremonies dedicated to Confucius, the great Chinese thinker during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. The temple is an architectural complex built in a distinctively oriental style. It was around 200 BC that Confucian philosophy started to become established as the orthodox ideology of feudal Chinese culture. The Confucius Temple in Beijing went through a number of major renovations and extensions during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Consisting of nine rows of buildings, the temple is similar to the Imperial Palace in terms of architectural style. Its main buildings are situated along the central axis running from the south to the north and are flanked symmetrically by auxiliary ones on both sides. The temple is comprised of 466 halls and 54 gatehouses. Fenced off by lofty red walls, it is has gatehouses as well as turrets. All main buildings at the site are crowned with yellow glazed roofs, a hallmark of the highest architectural standard in feudal China. It is also a mark of royalty's respect for Confucius.

Apart from its imposing edifices, the Temple is also renowned for its impressive collection of cultural relics, in particular, ancient stone tablets. 2,100 stone tablets at the site turn the temple into a museum of traditional Chinese calligraphy and inscription. Of these stone tablets, the best known are the 198 tablets bearing the names, familial origins and ranking of 51,624 distinguished scholars who passed the highest-level imperial examinations of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties and were therefore awarded the jin shi degree.

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