Guo Zi Jian (The Imperial College), Beijing

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  • This is immediately next to the Confucius Temple and you effectively go from one to the other. It was originally the centre of scholarship in imperial China, but most of that has gone now, and there's...  more »
  • After the visit to the temple of confucius we continued towards the imperial college. It was a good surprise. The central Pavilion surrounded by water is really beautiful and a few explanations give us a good idea of the importance of this place. Located 5 minutes from the temple lamas go without hesitation.
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  • Can't imagine there were security guards or police smoking at the ticket-selling place at the main entrance. Smoking may cause fire which may damage this precious heritage. In addition, the doors to e...  more »
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  • Amazing drum show at the top of the tower!! an important part of the Hutong tour!!
  • This is a beautify temple complex in the middle of Beijing. Definitely worth visiting!
  • Great historical site with many stele ... Old significant trees
  • A historical site for Chinese Scholars.
  • The Imperial Academy, also named Guozijian, was the imperial college during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (although most of its buildings were built during the Ming Dynasty). And it is the last Guozijian of China and an important national cultural heritage. In 1898, the Guozijian was disbanded during the Hundred Day Reform of the Qing Dynasty, and it was replaced by the Imperial Capital University, later known as the Beijing University. The "Guozijian", often translated into English as the Imperial Academy or Imperial College was the national central institute of learning in ancient Chinese dynasties. It was the highest institute of learning in China's traditional educational system. Emperors in imperial China would also frequently visit the Guozijian to read Confucian classics to thousands of students. The Guozijian was first built in 1306 and was reconstructed and renovated on a large scale during Emperor Yongle (1402-1424) and Zhengtong (1436-1449) reigns of the Ming Dynasty. The administrative officials of Guozijian were called Jijiu (the chief), Siye (Dean of Studies) and Jiancheng etc. The students who studied at the Guozijian were called Jiansheng, and they mainly studied Confucian classics. The Guozijian is situated at the central area of the Guozijian Street and adjoining several other well known imperial structures of Beijing, and the complex of Guozijian accords with the Chinese tradition which dictate that the temple should be on the "left" and the school or college on the "right". To the east of the Guozijian, lies the Confucius Temple, the second largest Confucius temple in China and the Yonghegong Temple, the largest Lama Temple in Beijing.

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