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  Beijing Confucius Temple

 

China

The paifang or memorial archway, i.e. the entrance gate, to the Temple of Confucius (fig.) in Beijing, the second largest of is kind in China, after the one in Confucius' hometown of Qufu.

 

In the courtyard stands a white marble statue of the philosopher and religious reformer, holding one hand on top of the other, a mudra or hand position that symbolizes the balance of yin and yang (fig.).

 

  Beijing Confucius Temple

 

  Beijing Confucius Temple

 

The temple also features a stone tablet, put on the back of a Bi Xi, i.e. a stone tortoise in the form of a pedestal supporting a stele (fig.).

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