Confucius Mansion

Attraction No.13 Guozijian Street, Beijing, China Published on: 08-08-2016

1 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM - 06:00 PM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM
First-time visit
Temple & Monument
4.42 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
The Confucius Mansion is one of the most and best-preserved wooden arches in Beijing which demonstrates the status of the royal family. (Including ticket for Beijing Imperial Academy (Guozijian))

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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.


Selling points

  • 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
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  • The temple is overflowing with shops at every turn including all temple buildings.
  • You can get an English guide at the gate for about RMB 120
    Things to do
  • You can get around to all 3 main Confucius sites on foot, but be prepared to walk farther if you want to see the cemetery.
  • The site is always busy, apparently, but weekends are particularly so.
  • There are signs in English that'll help you along the way.
  • May 1 to October 31: 08:30 to 18:00 (ticket sales ends at 17:30) November 1 to next April 30: 08:30 to 17:00 (ticket salesends at 16:30)
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • Nearby Spot is Lama Temple
    Things nearby
  • It's about 2 or 2 1/2 hours drive from Jinan if the traffic is good or 5 - 6 hours from Beijing by private car.


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Really Nice temple. The second biggest temple dedicated to confucius in the country. Don't miss the show ask for the hour

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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

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