Continuation of the journey of the day with Fuzi Miao.
Leaving Zhonghua Men, it’s easy to get there. I just had to go up the street Zonghua read Nan north to Jiankang Lu
To mark the entrance of the place, a traditional door, hard to miss in the middle of Zhonghua read thoroughly modern.
That’s good, I can finally leave the deafening noise of traffic and turn to my right where the air traffic less dense …
Fuzi Miao and yes, it is a pedestrian area!
Pedestrian area marked by a large traditional door in the middle of urban traffic …? It reminds me a lot Nanshi the old city of Shanghai!
But before a district, Fuzi Miao is a Confucian temple. I had seen so far that Buddhist temples, Taoist temples, this is the opportunity to see a priori any other type.
Fuzi Miao Temple Entrance
The entrance to the temple is not necessarily well signposted. In any case, to me, it took me turn a bit to find it. First past the front door of Zhonghua Lu, you have to walk a little time on Jiankang Lu, and finally guided a bit by the crowd to the inner streets of the neighborhood, turning on the left to go in another small door traditional. The temple is not far away, behind a small square, facing the canal. The time to learn for any student rate: not all the same price, 20 yuan. Gulp, it had better be good Confucius Temple!
This ancient temple, show me my Lonely Planet guide, was a center of Confucian studies for more than 1500 years. It was damaged and rebuilt several times.
Well actually, at least in regard to architecture, the temple is not very different from Buddhist temples, finally my perspective uninitiated. There are also those boxes filled with incense sticks that the faithful come to light any time of the day.
Features of Confucian temple?
Although initially it is not dedicated to a deity but Confucius, the famous Chinese thinker, Kongzi Kong Fuzi or 孔子 孔夫子 (hence the name of the temple, Miao temple 庙 meaning precisely), which has greatly influenced the Chinese thought. I refer you to the excellent Wikipedia article on this subject for more information.
Thus there are two rows of statues of disciples of Confucius, the traditional drum and bell before which you can have your picture taken in hitting, with currency …
Within the first hall of the temple, a widespread burning of Confucius.
At night, the temple is quite nice to visit with the lighting that is in place. It is true that for a temple, small bulbs of all colors, it can be a bit kitsch, but I love these little lights that give a new face to the scene.
Last attraction of the temple, the back room which includes a scene filled with musical instruments it is possible to manipulate if they pay I think. That pays for sure songs are on demand offers a panel at the entrance of the room. I’m not quite a fan of traditional Chinese music to pay up to 100 yuan for it. But I had the pleasure at the same time to find a seat to rest 2 minutes, to attend a demonstration of instruments made in a small Chinese under the watchful eye of his mother.