Imperial College

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The Imperial College is located immediately to the west of the Confucian Temple and, in fact, connects with the temple through a side gate.

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Imperial College
Imperial College

Generally recognized as the highest official institution of learning in imperial China, it was first established in 1287 during the Yuan Dynasty and subsequently enlarged several times, attaining its present dimensions during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. After the founding of the People's Republic in 1949, the Imperial College was completely renovated and the Capital Library was incorporated within its grounds.

Imperial College
Imperial College

After entering the main gate, the visitor will be confronted by a pair of wells and the Taixue (Highest Scholarship) Gate, also known as the Jixian (Assembled Virtue) Gate. Inside this gate is a glazed tile memorial archway with bell and drum towers to the east and west. Directly in front of the gate is the famous Biyong (Jade Disc) Hall. The square pavilion, which stands in the center of a circular pond, has a double-eaved roof surmounted by a gilded sphere. The pond is crossed by four marble bridges and provided on four sides with stone spouts in the shape of dragonheads. It was here that eh emperor came occasionally to expound the classics to an audience composed of civil and military officials from the imperial court and students of the Imperial College.

Imperial College
Imperial College

How to get Imperial College

Address: 15, Guozijian, Dongcheng District
Opening hours: 9:00 -16:00
Entry ticket: 10 yuan.
Bus: No. 909, 107, 13, 116, 807 and 815
Subway: Line 5, arrive at Yonghegong

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