Lama and Confucian Temples Walking Tour is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is accessible year-round.
Explore Buddhist and Confucian roots in central Beijing This half-day walk takes you to two important temples in the heart of Beijing. During the Cultural Revolution, religious buildings and artifacts were systematically sought out and destroyed and the suspicion of organized religion was encouraged. Despite this, Chinese traditions carried on. With the end of the Cultural Revolution, China is rediscovering the comforts and wisdom it received through Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Strictly speaking, Confucianism is a philosophy describing a set of moral codes as opposed to a religion. As the oldest school of thought, it has influenced both Buddhism and Taoism in China. The first stop is the ornate and bustling Yonghegong Lama Temple, the primary Tibetan Buddhist temple in Beijing. Nearby is the Confucian Temple, a serene retreat full of stoic cypress trees and large stone tablets. In between, stroll down a charming street and take in the daily life as shop owners chat with their neighbors over tea and old men gather for games of Chinese chess.