We have seen the Shandong Confucian temple, house and graveyard, so wanted to visit the 2nd largest one in China. We are very glad we did! We entered through a large, impressive gateway. To the left was a "forest" of stela engraved with the names of those who had successfully passed the Imperial entrance exams (well-worn and many inscriptions unreadable even if you could read Chinese). Of course, there's a huge statue of Confucius, along with a few of his disciples. There are also many other stela sitting atop statues of turtle/dragons, which are poems or commemorative stela. Some of them have English captions.
People came here beginning in the 14th century to pay homage to Confucius. They continue to do so today. In the courtyard is a 700 yr. old cypress tree that supposedly can tell the difference between good and evil people who pass beneath it.
There's a small museum with a few displays, such as a shopkeeper using a Confucian steel rod that was a measure of honesty. What I found interesting was the world map showing the location of Confucian societies. I had no idea!
The entrance fee was 30 yuan. Since the Imperial Academy site is close, combining the Confucius Temple with it makes sense. Supposedly, you can purchase entry tickets to both at the Imperial Academy, but, of course, we learned this after paying for both individually.
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