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Confucius Temple

confucius-templeLocated on the northern bank of the Qinhuai River, Confucius Temple, built in 1034, is where people once worshipped the great philosopher.

confucius-temple01After experiencing destruction and repair for a period of 1,000 years, it now serves as a center for popular cultural activities. The surrounding area is an outdoor bazaar filled with shops, teahouses, bars and inns, many of which were restored to their original Ming and Qing styles. Visitors can sample many different traditional foods and local snacks in this bustling area.

The Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao) was originally built during the Song Dynasty and is situated on the north bank of the Qinhuai River. Today, the entire area around the Temple consists of a series of tourist shops, snack bars, restaurants and entertainment arcades all done up in "Ming" and "Qing" style architecture.

The Song Dynasty was a period of great Confucian revivalism and the temple here is considered to be one of the best preserved of its type in China. During the Ming Dynasty, the temple was expanded and became a school for children of the imperial court. The buildings on both sides of the Temple, which are now small tourist shops, were once individual study rooms for Confucian scholars.

The Qinhuai River flows in front of the Temple and there is also a 110-meter-long screen stonewall (the largest in the nation) nearby, which can be viewed from the bridge crossing the river in front of the Temple. A beautiful Lantern Show is held at the temple during the 1st to the 18th days of the Lunar Year.

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