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Why Confucius Mansion is special ?
The Confucius Mansion is on Guo Zijian Street (also known as Chengxian Street) in Andingmen, Beijing. Located on Guozijian Street inside Anding Gate, the Temple of Confucius in Beijing is the place where people paid homage to Confucius during the Yuan Dynasty. Reportedly, Guo Zijian Street has most and best-preserved wooden arches in Beijing.
Construction of Beijing Confucius Temple began in 1032 and continued until 1036. The main building was decorated with yellow glazed tiles, a symbol of the highest construction standards in ancient society. The Confucius Mansion was designed with a suitable layout and large scale, vividly demonstrating the status of the royal family.
What to explore at Confucius Mansion?
Beijing Confucius Temple covers 20,000 square meters and has four separate courtyards. The main buildings are Xianshi Gate, Dacheng Gate, Dacheng Pavilion and Chongsheng Temple. In front of the temple stand Tablets Pavilion, God Kitchen, Shensheng Pavilion and Well Pavilion. At its west are Tablets Pavilion, Zhizhai Hall and Chijing Gate, which is connected with Guo Zijian. On both sides are 198 tablets built during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty, with precious antiques showing the history of ancient Chinese exams. The sacrifice ceremony was held in Dacheng Hall.
Beijing Confucius Temple has various wonderful collections, and is famous for its stone carvings, such as Jinshi Tablets, Qian Long stone drums, Shisanjing carvings and other stone tablets built during the Ming and Qing Dynasty.
Moreover, there are 14 stone pavilions built in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Stone carvings are precious historical records, and the grand Shisanjing tablets are representative of ancient Chinese culture.
How to get to Confucius Mansion?
Bus:Tourists can take City Bus No.104 and 108 to get off at Fangjia Hutong Station. Or, tourists can take Bus No.116, 13 and 807 and get off at Guo Zijian Station.
Subway:Tourists can take Subway Line 2 and get off at Lama Temple Station.
Open Time: from 9:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.
- Best-preserved wooden arches in Beijing
- The highest construction standards in ancient society
- Various wonderful collections
- A suitable layout and large scale
- The status of the royal family
No.13 Guozijian Street, Beijing, China
Tips for you
Really Nice temple. The second biggest temple dedicated to confucius in the country. Don't miss the show ask for the hour
My first visit to the Former Residence and I was pleasantly surprised at how much i enjoyed it. Please be aware that the entrance is down the side street of the temple, past the shopping stalls. One can buy a three in one ticket for the Temple, Former Residence and Kong Forest (burial site of Confucius), which is probably value for money, although the Kong Forest is a bit further away. The home is quite a labyrinth of buildings, but looks like a home! The gardens were also pretty. When you exit, you are at the other end, but as usual in China, there is always a tuk-tuk, horse cart or electric cart to take you back again