BJP-20 Temple of Confucius,Lama Temple,Altar of Earth

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BJP-20 Temple of Confucius,Lama Temple,Altar of Earth:
Tour Code: BJP-20                 

Duration: about 6 hours

Tour Description:
We will start the tour with a visit to the Temple of Confucius, second of its kind nationwide ranking only behind the Confucian temple in Qufu (the man's hometown). Like all Confucian temples, the ground it sits on serves first and foremost as an academy, the temple where respects are paid to Confucius occupies a secondary position. (however sharing the fate of the Tibetan monastic academies, currently the Temple of Confucius is a dedicated tourist site with little or no academic significance) The many here-only relics in the temple still deserve a visit though - the 198 stone tablets engraved with names of "Jinshi"s (scholar rank for having passed the state exam) and ancient (700-year old) cypress trees that has been planted as the foundation for the temple was laid in 1302 AD.

Close by is the Yonghe Lamasery - formerly a prince's residence and converted to a lamasery after the said prince ascended the throne, the temple housed Lamas from Mongolia and Tibet during the Qing dynasty and continues this tradition today. Known to the tourists for its national-treasure level Buddhist relics stored in five main halls and the Pavillion of Ten Thousand Happiness, and to the locals for the la ba congees handed out the eighth day of the last lunar month every year, the temple is a must for every visitor.

Last on the route is the Altar of Earth - the sister altar of the Altar of Heaven (in the Temple of Heaven). As its name suggests, it is the site where emperors of the last two dynasties (Ming, Qing) paid gratitudes to the earth on the Summer Soltice every year. See the square altar itself (called Fangzetan) and compare it to the round Altar of Heaven to gain an understanding of the ancients' perception of how the world is arranged.
- As the Yonghe Lamasery is an operating temple with resident Lamas, please be considerate in your conducts when visiting the historic sites.

Service Included:  
1.Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
2.Entrance fees and lunch as mentioned.
3.Private vehicle with English speaking guide for Transfers & sightseeing.

Tour Exclusions:
Accommodations, Airfare, Tips and items not indicated in the itineraries.

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Temple of Confucius, Lama Temple, Altar of Earth









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