13 Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
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- 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
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.
Tickets cost about 20 RMB, with audio guides available for a supplement.
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