A visit to Jianshui Confucius Temple in Yunnan


Jianshui Confucius Temple, called Jianshui Wenmiao in Chinese, is located in Honghe Hani-Yi Autonomous Prefecture, southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
This over 700-year-old temple was initially built in the 22nd year of Zhi Yuan reign in the Yuan Dynasty (1285AD). It has been repaired and extended for about 50 times and now covers an area of 7.6 hectares. Based on its scale, construction standard and excellence in preservation, Jianshui Confucius Temple stands second only to the one in Qufu of Shandong Province, hometown of Confucius and the one in Beijing. It is the best large-scale Confucius Temples in south China.
Constructed strictly in accordance with the style of Qufu Confucius Temple, Jianshui Confucius Temple is in palace-style, showing symmetry on the south-to-north axis with several independent buildings at both eastern and western sides. There are 37 main buildings in the temple, including one pond, one hall, one garret, two living houses, three pavilions, five gates, six memorial temples and eight archways. The temple is magnificent in appearance and well coordinated in structure, adding significant color to the state-level historical and cultural county.