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Shanghai Confucian Temple, Shanghai

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#8 of 78 in Historic Sites in Shanghai
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A serene spot in the middle of a busy city, Shanghai Confucian Temple brings you closer to the founder of Confucianism and his teachings. Dedicated to the ancient Chinese philosopher and educator, the temple was built in the late 14th century and served as one of Shanghai's major learning establishments for a long time. The vast complex features three courtyards, 28 buildings, numerous stone carvings, stone arches, and drum towers. Once you've entered, cross the bridge over a little pond, paying attention to the decorations in the form of lion and dragon heads. A bronze statue of Confucius holding a sword greets visitors from the front door of the main hall, with a golden statue of the great teacher and his two disciples aside him in the center of the hall. Take a moment to admire the huge bell, adorned with dragon patterns and 24 carriages depicting Confucius' journey. Plan to see Shanghai Confucian Temple and other attractions that appeal to you using our Shanghai trip generator.
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  • A very nice temple, rather less popular than others that let you discover a little more Confucius and his teachings. Pretty little explanation unfortunately.
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  • Confucian temple. The cultural revolution when the Confucian temples are almost traces. A lot of tourists. The old building of appearance. Quaint is nice. It is close to the city centre in a quiet and it's a good idea to explore.
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  • To understand a little better Confucianism and see what is a temple, its extremely complicated structure, the beauty and simplicity of Chinese architecture.
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