This is a walking tour that begins in YongHeGong and ends on ZhangZiZhongLu. It is a historical tour and focuses mainly on traditional Chinese architecture, institutions and the old Confucian society. The Imperial Academy will introduce you to the fascinating educational system of ancient China.
|HIGHLIGHTS||Stunning architecture and Confucian monuments
Watch the Confucius rite and music ceremony
Intriguing history of the ancient Chinese educational system, Confucianism and the local area.
|WHY CHOOSE THIS TOUR||This tour is designed for people with an avid interest in Chinese history. The unique part of this tour is the deep knowledge of your guide, an expert on Chinese culture and history.|
|INCLUDED||Entrance to attractions listed
|EXCLUDED||Food, drink and souvenirs during the trip
Hotel drop-off and pickup
|TIPS||Group size: 2-8
A 3 hour walking tour; comfortable shoes are recommended.
Tour operates rain or shine
The tour starts at Yonghegong station, close to Lama Temple. As you walk to your first destinations, The Imperial Academy and The Confucius Temple, Nelly (your guide) will give you an introduction to the history and significance of the area.
The Imperial Academy
The Imperial Academy, also known as The Imperial College, a remarkable academic complex built to present the value of Chinese education, was the administrative headquarters of education during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Neighboring The Confucius and Lama Temples, The, Imperial Academy was where Chinese men would be educated to become civil servants of the imperial court. Rigorous examination took place for admittance and progression; it was seen as the highest honor for a man and his family in ancient times.
The Confucius Temple
In the temple you will not only be treated to a magnificent dance recital, featuring traditional dress and the recital of Confucian doctrines, performed by students from a prestigious Beijing dance school; but you will also learn much about the influence and importance of Confucian doctrine and heritage both then and now.
Next you will walk through the historic hutong area. Different from other hutong tours, this tour focuses on exploring local residential life in the context of its history. Besides viewing the stunning architecture, you will take a closer look into it’s significance and enjoy strolling through an open-air market and tree-lined lanes.
The tour ends with a change of pace, ending at an architectural anomaly that you may be surprised, although enchanted, to find at the end of your walk through the hutongs.
$80 per person, Minimum 2 people