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Confucianism to Buddhism Private Walking Tour in Beijing

Confucianism to Buddhism Private Walking Tour in Beijing

During a three-hour private walking seminar of central Beijing, you'll look at 4000 years of Chinese thought - from Confucianism to modern Buddhist practice. In the company of an historian, you'll visit several important temples still active in central Beijing and learn how the three major religions of China - Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism - overlap and diverge through history.

On this tour, you'll also walk through a traditional hutong neighborhood and discuss how religious practice fits into contemporary Chinese life since 1949. Although your guide will discuss a history of ideas on this tour, it's a very tangible experience of Beijing and her neighborhoods.

Please Note: Rate does not include per-person temple admission (57 RMB, payable day of tour).

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Tour/Activity Details

Length

3 hours

Time

10:00 am daily

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Rate does not include per-person temple admission fee of 57 RMB, payable on the day of the tour. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per-group for 1 to 6 persons, in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

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Itinerary

Your tour begins with a visit to the Beijing Confucian Temple, originally built in 1306. A quiet complex, deeply embedded with Confucian symbolism, the group will pick its way through the site to learn some basics about Confucius, his followers and the system of thought that bears his name. Since the Imperial College lies adjacent, you'll also look at the duality of Confucianism as both religion and imperial state philosophy during the dynastic period.

The tour moves next into a well preserved gentrified neighborhood of imperial Beijing. Here you'll look at classical homes where Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese system of aesthetics, is used to guide not only the placement and architecture of buildings, but also daily life of commerce, social interaction and living. Along the way, your guide will probe deeply into the history of Confucianism and Taoism, parsing apart the major areas of thought and belief and how these traditions continue to exert a force in Chinese life today.

Your course through the neighborhood may take any number of trajectories, but will immerse the group in contemporary life, including the "Daoist Masters," as the motley assortment of fortune tellers and hucksters in the neighborhood call themselves. The tour may take the opportunity to sit down for a cup of tea, or step into a calligraphy shop to discuss the role and symbolism of this ancient art.

During the course of this tour, you will visit the Lama Temple...temple and center of learning for Tibetan Buddhism. A colorful, lively and extensive complex, the tour will spend significant time here admiring the many pavilions and statues of the Buddha. Your guide will cover briefly the main outlines of Buddhist thought and how it intersects with other traditional Chinese religions. One of the themes discussed is syncretism and how, over time, the three major religions of China interweave and inform each other leading to "traditions" that broadly influence and effect the daily life of Chinese people today.

Your tour concludes at the Altar of the Earth, built by the Ming in the 16th century - a syncretic space where rituals of imperial rule were practiced. Set within the encompassing Altar of the Earth park, where Beijingers practice Tai Chi in the morning, you can use this time to explore more deeply such primary concepts in Daoism as Chi. By the time the tour finishes, you'll emerge with a much more concrete idea of what distinguishes each of the three religions of China and how they combine to create a complex system of thought that, even today, influences much of Chinese life.

Inclusions

  • Beijing Confucian Temple
  • Lama Temple
  • Allar of the Earth

Exclusions

  • Temple admission

5 Days Minimum Advance Booking Required. Rate does not include per-person temple admission fee of 57 RMB, payable on the day of the tour. Tour does not include hotel pickup. Rates are per-group for 1 to 6 persons, in US dollars. Please order online or call to order or for more information.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds. All sales are final.

Change policy

If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.

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Event Date:

October 28, 2017

Desired Time:

10:00 AM