Confucius Temple

Address: 13 Guozijian Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China

- Budget


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Relaxation
  • Chilling out
  • Design and architecture