Discover the Temple of Confucius and Lama Temple

Temple of Confucius and
Lama Temple Walking Tour

Get an insight into the history of Confucianism and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism and
the roles they play in ancient and modern China with a visit to the Temple
of Confucius, the Beijing Imperial Academy and the Lama Temple.


The Temple of Confucius was built in 1302 and is the second largest temple constructed for Confucius, the great thinker and educationalist from the days of ancient China. People flocked here to pay homage during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

The adjoining Imperial Academy (Guozijian) is where students, officials and rulers came to venerate the ‘great sage’ and to study for examinations which were the gateway to power and elite status in Imperial China. A short distance from the Temple of Confucius is Yonghe Gong, also known as the Lama Temple. Built in the 17th century this Indo-Tibetan Buddhism temple and monastery played an important role in both religion and politics during the Qing Dynasty.


Temple of Confucius and Lama Temple Walking Tour

09:00 - 12:00
14:00 - 17:00

Step back in time on this walking tour of the Temple of Confucius, the Imperial Academy and the Lama Temple as you learn how these sites have helped to shape modern China.

The driver will collect you from the hotel and drive you to these historical attractions to join our English-speaking historian and expert on Beijing histories. They offer an insight into the history of Confucianism and Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. Both play a role in state activities and the country’s ideology in contemporary times.

The Temple of Confucius is a haven of calm and contemplation. Wander through the courtyards and pavilions and marvel at carvings on ancient stone tablets. These act as precious historical records. As you walk through the temple and the Imperial Academy, the knowledgeable guide will explain the history of the buildings and the influence of the philosophies of Confucius.

The Lama Temple is the most revered Tibetan Buddhist temple outside Tibet and is still an active place of worship that is staffed by monks. Hear how the emperors of the Qing Dynasty appropriated forms of Tibetan Buddhism by consecrating a holy space in their capital even as their armies were steadily moving westward across the Tibetan Plateau.

At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.




  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges


  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)


  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • Return transfers for this excursion apply only / are inclusive for customers staying in and inside downtown Beijing. Transfers outside these areas, including any accommodation outside the Central Business District and both Beijing’s International Airports are excluded. Supplements apply for customers who want to join this excursion outside one of these regions
  • We regret to inform you that most of the museums in China are closed all day on Mondays and public holidays; wherever possible, we will try to offer alternative visits for touring options on this day
  • Customers are advised that during the Lunar Festival celebrations (celebration of Chinese New Year), excursions and tours may be subject to supplementary charges and/or may see longer waiting times than normal
  • We regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users; Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself
  • We will always make the effort to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour
  • Please note pick-up and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sun’s rays are still very powerful
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests
  • The protection of the country’s flora and fauna is of immense importance for us. We will not pursue any activities for guests that are not in line with our animal, wildlife and environment protection principles
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.


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