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Confucian Temple

Confucian Temple is place for offering sacrifices to Confucius, the greatest thinker, statesman and educator in ancient China. The Confucian Temple in Cicheng is located in on the central position of the town. It was built in the first year of Yongxi in the Northern Song Dynasty (984 B.C.), which is some 318 years earlier than the present-day Beijing Confucian Temple. It was transplanted to the present-day location in 1048 B.C. In spite of ups and downs through the past dynasties, the temple extant today is still maintained as what it looked like during the reign of Emperor Guangxu in the Qing Dynasty. Cicheng Confucian Temple encompasses approximately 7000 square meters with 137 rooms including ancestral temples and pavilions. The architectural layout is integral and magnificent. Along the central axes from south to north are Lingxing Gate, Pan Pool, Dacheng Gate, Dacheng Hall, Minglun Hall and Tiyun Pavilion. Along the right and left axes on the two sides are ancestral temples and pavilions. They are symmetrically arrayed in order to embody the Confucian aesthetic value of “the beauty of neutralization”.

Cicheng Confucian Temple is the only ancient school extant in eastern Zhejiang province. It was listed among the Cultural Relics under National Conservation in 2006.