Confucius Temple

Price guide: Budget

13 Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Budget

The Great Sage
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By Tom O'Malley, your Beijing expert

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#18 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Beijing
Expert overall rating:3.8 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Chilling out, Design and architecture, Escaping the crowds, Relaxation

Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Confucius Temple

Escape the crowds at this serene temple celebrating the legacy of the Great Sage.

Whilst the nearby Lama Temple throngs with visitors, Beijing’s oft overlooked Kong Miao (Confucius Temple), remains quietly overlooked, making this former academy of Confucianism one of my favourite spots to unwind. It’s said to understand the Chinese you need to know your Confucius. Wandering between twenty foot tall stone steles riding on the back of mythical dragon-head tortoises, or parking up at a bench shaded by centuries-old cypress trees, I’d like to claim I’m contemplating the true meaning of the Analects, but mostly I’m just deciding what I fancy having for lunch. Well, there are dozens of great restaurants nearby.

Price advice: 

Tickets cost about 20 RMB, with audio guides available for a supplement.

Expert tips: 
After your visit, head north through the alleyways to Wudaoying Hutong, a hip alley lined with cafes, arty shops and cute restaurants.

More information on Confucius Temple:

Price guide:
Architectural site, Landmark / monument, Religious site
13 Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 8am-5pm

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