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Jianshui Confucius TempleTravel Guide
Linan Road in Jianshui County
- Has a history of more than 700 years, and was preserved well.
- National key cultural relics protection unit
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Jianshui Confucius Temple is located at Linan Road in Jianshui County. It was originally constructed in 1285 and has renovated and extended for over 40 times, covering an area of 114mu. It is one of the well preserved Confucius Temples in large scale and high architectural level. With a history of more than 700 years and well preservation, it offers extremely precious materials for people to study the history of Confucianism and traditional architectural art. It is one of the national key cultural relics protection units.
Layout of Jianshui Confucius Temple
The general layout of the Confucius Temple is axisymmetric palatial structure, copying the style of Qufu Confucius Temple. The main buildings here are: one temple, two side rooms, two halls, two pavilions, three kiosks, four doors, five ancestral temples, and eight memorial archways.
Six parts of Jianshui Confucius Temple
It has six parts of the temple stretching one by one,about 625 meters long in total.
First, entering the 9 m high gate with “Tai Yuan He Qi” memorial gateway, you will find a clear pound covering 30,000 square meters, which named “Pan Chi” and also “Xue Hai”.
The second part is tall standing honorific arch face the gate and with the world “Zhu Si Yuan Yuan”. It is wood and stone structure with exquisite and grand bracket system. On the two walls beside the honorific arch, there are two giant terra cotta patchwork murals of Two Dragons Play with A Pearl and Double Pheonixes Face the Sun.
Then, passing the honorific arch, the Lingxing Gate will be in front of you. It is a three opening gate, at east-west direction, there are 4 honorific arches, and in the yard there is forest of steles with over 10 steles.
Move forward, there is a big garden with Wenchang Pavilion, Kuixing Pavilion (destoried) on your left and right. And you can also find Minghuan Temple, Xiangxian Temple, Yuzheng Gate and Jinsheng Gate.
The fifth part is the Guangting Yard. The main building of Confucius Temple was built on the back of the yard. Xianshi Temple, or Dacheng Hall, is the main hall for worshiping Confucius. There are 2 stone tablets pavilions on both sides of the temple, with over 100 inscriptions.
The last part is the Chongsheng Temple. There are pictures of 24 scenic spots of West Lake on the stone fence in front of the temple. At the left part of the Chongsheng Temple, there are also Jingxian Temple and Cangsheng Temple.

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