Fuzimiao Confucius Temple Area

Centered around the Confucius Temple, this lively area is a blur of restaurants, market stalls and activity. It’s well worth wandering around the district, including some of the quieter back alleys. The temple stands at the center of the pedestrian strip, Gongyuan Jie, and faces the narrow Qinhuai River. Several bridges run across the river from Gongyuan Jie. Of key interest here is the Grand Screen Wall, standing on the river’s south bank. First built in 1575 and with dimensions of 110m in length and 10m in height, it has a claim as the largest screen wall in China.

The Conufcius Temple itself (Admission: ¥35; Open: 8-20) is nothing special and well over-priced. The temple dates from 1034AD (Song Dynasty) but was destroyed numerous times, most recently during the Japanese invasion in 1937, and was last rebuilt in 1984. The various halls in the temple are in the styles of the Ming and Qing dyansties.

Directions: Take the exit to Zhonghua Lu from Sanshanjie subway station and walk south along this street. Turn left into Zhanyuan Lu and keep going straight until you reach Gongyuan Jie. It’s about a 10-15 minute walk. Alternatively, show the Chinese above to a taxi driver.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去夫子庙, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Fuzimiao. Thank you.)