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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FUZIMIAO: Nanjing Confucius Temple Complex

Before going to Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum and Ming Tombs which are the main reasons why we went to Nanjing, we dropped by Fuzi Miao Complex ( Confucian Temple Area) first since it is only a few blocks away from our place Fuzimiao International Youth Hostel.

Nanjing Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao)
The Confucius Temple in Nanjing was originally constructed in the year of 1034 in the Song Dynasty. It was a place to worship and consecrate Confucius, the great philosopher and educator of ancient China. It is also known as Fuzimiao in Chinese.
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Nanjing Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao)


It suffered repeated damage and has been rebuilt on several occasions since that time. 1937 was the most destruction when it was burnt to ruin by Japanese aggressors. In 1984 the temple was rebuilt under the support of the local government. During the long process, the original building expanded to be a complex building in the architectural style of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, including the Confucius Temple itself, the Jiangnan Gongyuan (the place of imperial examinations) and the Xue Gong (the Imperial Academy).  Source
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Unfortunately, the temple itself was closed for rennovation at that time so we were not able to get in.
We only managed to have our photos with the life size statue of Confucius in front of the temple though. The complex is undergoing a massive face lift with many shops under construction which includes what appears to be a subway station inside the complex.
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Next to the temple is Qin Huai River which is a famous thoroughfare  in Nanjing. One can easily notice the riverside restaurants here and this is also where you can take a river boat tour.

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There is also a bridge to the other side of the river and the area is dotted with old building in traditional Chinese architecture. Even the shops in Fuzimiao are of Chinese architecture designs. Makes me feel like being in YuYuan Market in Shanghai.

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This is a very touristy place so expect many people at any given time, especially at night when the structures around the river are lighted beautifully. Consider yourself warned and don't complain if it is touristy. If you don't want the crowd, then go somewhere else. The place is also famous for souvenir shopping and dining. 
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Nanjing Confucius Temple
Admission Fee:Free of charge (Dacheng Hall)
CNY 25 for Jiangnan Examination School

Bus Routes:
Take bus 4, 7, 30, 31, 40, 44, 49, 304, or 804 and get off at Fuzimiao (Confucius Temple) Station.


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