Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism in China

3 Hours
Group Activity

From (USD) $87 Per Person (Minimum 2)

Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism in China

3 Hours
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      Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism in China

      Beijing, China
      From (USD) $87 Per Person (Minimum 2)
      • Temple of Confucius: Visit this 230,000 square-foot temple housing stone steles with the Thirteen Confucian Classics, a variety of historical documents of ancient China, and the famed carving of "two dragons playing a pearl among the clouds."
      • Yonghe Lama Temple: Enter the largest and best preserved lamasery in China. Once the residence of Yongzheng before becoming emperor, the temple holds an ancient copper cooking vessel thought one of the three rarest objects in Beijing.
      • Altar of the Earth: See the last remaining temple for worshipping the god of the earth, built in 1530, and used by 14 emperors until 1911. The Earth God Worship House was converted into a cultural and historic relic exhibition building in 1986.
      • Traditional hutong: Walk down one of Beijing's famous alleys formed by traditional courtyard residences and see how the intersection of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism influence daily life.
      About This Beijing Tour

      The Yonghe Lama Temple wasn't always a temple. Originally, it was the residence of Yinzhen, prince of the Kangxi Emperor, who went on to become Yongzheng, fifth emperor of the Quing Dynasty. Which would be great, except some believe he cheated.

      Yinzhen (1678–1735) was the eleventh son of the emperor, and the fourth prince to survive into adulthood. In all, the emperor had 24 sons who reached adulthood. The odds of Yinzhen becoming emperor were rather long. 

      In 1709, Emperor Kangxi stripped Crown Prince Yinreng of his position, leaving the succession to the throne wide open. At first, the emperor wanted court officials to nominate a new crown prince, but eventually opted to designate his heir in his will. Most officials believed it would Yinti, the 14th prince.

      On his death bed in 1722, Emperor Kangxi's will was read, declaring Yinzhen the successor. Rumors immediately began that Yinzhen had somehow modified the will and changed it so the transfer would be to the 4th prince (himself) instead of the 14th (Yinti).

      Yinzhen became Yongzheng Emperor and began his reign with some of his brothers, and rivals, in house arrest, and others dispersed throughout China. Despite the rumors of illegitimacy, his reign (1723–1735) is considered a period of peace and prosperity.

      During an exhibition in 2013, Kangxi's will was unveiled. Experts declared that the will had not been tampered. Probably. Maybe.

      Rooting out evil

      There's a 700-year-old cypress tree in the Temple of Confucius that is known as the "Touch Evil Cypress." According to legend, during the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) a superior official named Yan Song came to worship on behalf of the emperor. As he was passing the tree, one of the branches knocked his hat off. Since Yan Song was corrupt and treacherous, the people began to believe the tree could tell good from evil.

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      Choose your date and time very carefully. Only a portion of this tour is refundable from the time of booking; within 72 hours of operation, it is fully non-refundable.

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