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The original Confucian Temple was built in 1034 but was continuously detroyed and rebuilt over the years. The temple you see today was rebuilt after being burnt down by the Japanese during WWII. Nevertheless, it is one of the most famous and most well-known Confucian temples in China. Despite the commercialism of the surrounding Qinhuai area, the temple is still a nice place to roam around. I was able to see a performance on traditional instruments inside.
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Confucius Temple Street
Plenty of interesting shops ranging to cheap and inferior tourist souvenir and some modern shops. As usual, you need to bargain in those shops that do not have a fix price . As a guide, if the shops have English signboard or have very modern sign board, these are fixed price shops. Other than that, do bargain as if you are on the amazing race and you need to save money.
Normal guideline is to go for 50% as a start and work to around 30% for the final price. Chinese shop owners expect you to bargain and will mark up price to a ridiculous level to hope for some unlucky tourist to fall for it.
Nothing much but as a tourist, we are supposed to see everything. So we just pay the cheap entrance fee (Think it is RMB5) and pay about RMB 10 to get some incense to pray to Confucius for luck and prosperity ( We have yet to win the lottery !)
Confucius for those who are not familiar with is the China equivalent of Aristrotle. He is credited with the Confucius school of thoughts (I like to call it confusion school of thoughts).
You will not learn much about him inside the but I guess the temple was built more for spiritual reasons.
Confucius is an outstanding ancient Chinese philosopher and thinker. I like one of his teachings.."A wise man knows he knows nothing. A fool thinks he knows everything." First built in 1034 in the Song dynasty(960-1729), the temple expanded in East Jin dynasty (317 - 420). It was burnt and restored for many times. In 1937, the Japanese invaders burnt it into ashes. However, it was rebuilt by the local government in accordance with Ming and Qing style in 1984. Confucius Temple has the largest screen wall in China, which is ten-meter-high and 110-meter-long. There is a 4.18-meter-tall bronze sculpture of Confucius, on a stand before the hall. In the interior, there are 38 pictures decorated with various gems, gold and silver recording Confucius' deeds.
Fu Zi Miao
Fu Zi Miao in Chinese (miao means temple) is a great area to visit. I live in Fu Zi Miao now, and never get tired of staying here. A constantly lively place, with a wide variety of sights, sounds and experiences to be had.
Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao in Chinese)
The shrine of Confucius, the ancient Chinese philosopher and thinker. This shrine was originally built in 1034 in the Song Dynasty but has been rebuilt several times. The structure that stands now was built in 1984. Fuzimiao is a major tourist destination in Nanjing.
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Confucius Temple (Fu zi Miao)
The Confucius Temple (Fuzi miao) is the holy shrine of Confucius, the outstanding ancient Chinese philosopher and thinker. The temple was built in 1034 in the Song Dynasty (960-1729).The complex consists of Confucius Temple, the Imperial Academy and Gongyuan where provincial and national examinations were held.
Howver the Confucius Temple was burnt and restored for many times. In 1937, the Japanese invaders burnt it into ashes. and it was rebuilt by the chinese government in accordance with Ming and Qing style in 1984. The Confucius Temple and rated as one of the top 40 tourist attractions in 1991.
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Nanjing Confucius Temple, Fuzimiao is the holy shrine of Confucius, the outstanding ancient Chinese philosopher and thinker.
Many devotee offers prayer at the temple especially during examination period.
Fuzi Miao - Temple of Confucius
This temple was built during the Song Dynasty (960-1120 A.D.) in 1034 but the temple and the area itself was rebuild in the style of the Qing Dynasty.
Inside the temple are some courtyars and in the center of the first, big one is a giant statue of Confucius.
The Fuzi Miao area's pedestian walkways begins south of Jiangkang Lu. There is also a kind of harbour from where you can pick up canal leisure boats that trundle south to Zhonghua Men. From that area you can visit a lot of interesting places like the "Temple of Confucius", the "Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum", a small park called "Bailuzhou" or "Jiangnan" (in ancient China the officials had there exams there)
Fuzi Miao area
Thats a place in Nanjing which I visited most of all. One reason: The first time when I was there I just wanted to visit the Temple of Confucius. But it was too late so I just walked around it and spent a lot of time in the shops.
Especially in the night you should go to that place, its a very nice atmosphere. At the Fuzi Miao area are a lot of street vendors, interesting restaurants, boutiques and tourist kitsch. Besides, if you want you have the chance a rickshaw. (actually its not easy to convince those guys that you dont wanna take a ride in case you are not interested)
There will be many activities going on at Confucius Temple from April to October every year. Activities include night market, lanterns & lights exhibition, singing & dancing performance, handicraft-making & exotic local snacks.
In addition, every 1st to 15th of the chinese lunar new year, there will be lantern festival & mock-up chinese examination.
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Temple of Confucius
I didnt go here by day as my friend told me there was nothing worth seeing. He said 'meet me at 6pm' which I did, and we had a 'lovely stroll' down the street lined with clothes shops, snack food outlets, music blaring out loud on the speakers and then stopped in KFC which was opposite McDonalds for a cup of tea as it was a cold night! So as you can see, things have changed somewhat to when it was first built!
I didnt even get to see the Temple as apparently its not open to the public anymore!There was a lake at the bottom of the street which was very pretty as there were lights everywhere and pictures of dragons which lit up and fountains which danced to the music.
At this waterfront both day and night, you can hire a leisure boat which slowly takes you down to Zhonghua Men (the big gate in the north within the city walls). This I can imagine to be extremely relaxing, as, afterall, it was on this very same lake that the famous Tang poet Liu Yuxi wrote his most famous poem.
The area was nice and it was apparent that both foreigners and local people visit this area often, and it almost reminded me of the Silk Market In Beijing, but hassle free!!!!
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Nanjing Confucius Temple, Fuzimiao in Chinese, is the holy shrine of Confucius, the outstanding ancient Chinese philosopher and thinker. The temple was first built in 1034 in the Song dynasty(960-1729), expanded on the basis of the Imperial Academy of the East Jin dynasty (317 - 420). The complex consists of Confucius Temple, the Imperial Academy and Gongyuan where provincial and national examinations were held. However, people called the complex and surrounding streets Confucius Temple due to custom. The grand complex structure experienced vicissitudes of history. It was burnt and restored for many times. In 1937, brutal Japanese invaders burnt it into ashes. However, it was rebuilt by the local government in accordance with Ming and Qing style in 1984, and rated as one of the top 40 tourist attractions in 1991.
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Along one of the oldest & longest man-made canals ever constructed, is one of Nanjing's most busy marketplaces. From hawkers, stores to street performances, it is a good place to shop & buy souvenirs.
This area is named after the nearby Fuzi Temple.
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