The Confucius Temple in Nanjing, China 22 Jan 2017
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The façade of the Confucius Temple in Nanjing, China, reflects in the Qinhuai River. The temple is lit up with colourful lights, which depict the multiple layers of the ornate roof. Originally built in 1034, the temple has been destroyed many times and repeatedly rebuilt. Its last restoration was in 1985 when it was expanded to incorporate the Confucius Temple, the China Imperial Examination Museum and the Imperial Academy (Xue Gong). Tourist shops, teahouses, snack bars and restaurants can also be found in the temple vicinity. The temple and surrounding buildings were rebuilt in the architectural style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The largest statue of Confucius, a Chinese teacher that created the Confucianism philosophy, is on display here along with panels made from jade, gold and silver, detailing his life. Add a stop at Nanjing to any one of Insight Guides’ trips to China.