Admire the stunning architecture and Confucian monuments, watch the Confucius rite and music ceremony and listen to your historian guide's intriguing history of the ancient Chinese educational system, Confucianism and the local area.
What to Expect
The tour starts at Yonghegong station (Lama Temple Station), close to Lama Temple. As you walk to your first destination: Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum, your guide will give you an introduction to the history and significance of the area.
Guozijian Museum, also known as The Imperial College, a remarkable academic complex built to present the value of Chinese education, was the administrative headquarters of education during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Neighboring The Confucius and Lama Temples, Guozijian was where Chinese men would be educated to become civil servants of the imperial court. Rigorous examination took place for admittance and progression; it was seen as the highest honor for a man and his family in ancient times.
In the temple you will not only be treated to a magnificent dance recital, featuring traditional dress and the recital of Confucian doctrines, performed by students from a prestigious Beijing dance school; but you will also learn much about the influence and importance of Confucian doctrine and heritage both then and now.
Next you will walk through the historic Hutong area. Different from other Hutong tours, this tour focuses on exploring local residential life in the context of its history. Besides viewing the stunning architecture, you will take a closer look into it’s significance and enjoy strolling through an open-air market and tree-lined lanes.
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pick up and drop off
Know Before You Go
• A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
• A maximum of 6 people per tour