Confucius Philosophy Tour in Beijing

Study Philosophy in China

Study religion in Beijing! Explore the teachings of the Chinese philosopher and politician, Confucius. Confucianism is rooted in fostering correctness in social relationships, justice and sincerity - ideals that are still relevant today.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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Arrive in beautiful Beijing, your senses will be on high alert, as soon as you step off the plane and encounter this vibrant city. 

After checking in to your centrally located hotel, explore your neighborhood discovering shops with brightly-colored trinkets and stalls with yummy, exotic fares.

Tour the Beijing Foreign Studies University where they offer a fellowship program for U.S. doctoral students to pursue research in the Confucius China Studies Program.

Visit with students and professors as you explore the opportunities at this world-class university. 

Dine tonight at a restaurant in Beihai Park for an imperial-style dinner. After, walk up the hill to Jingshan Park for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city at night

The Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest ancient palace complex in the world. Your tour is led by a knowledgeable, experienced guide who will highlight Beijing’s history while you visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. 

Dine inside one of the city’s former royal ice houses. These ice storage buildings were once used for the imperial court and now house charming local restaurants.

Lama Temple, built in 1694, contains the largest wood statue of Budda in the Hall of Harmony and Peace. The Confucius Temple in Beijing, built in 1302, is the second largest one in China. Here you will explore the foundation of Confucianism and its importance in Chinese history in a hands-on workshop.

Your walking lunch tour of Beijing begins in the old neighborhood of Hutong. Experience authentic dim sum like a local as your guide brings you to off-the-beaten-path establishments. Savor traditional dim sum including: steamed buns, shuijiao and jian jiao (Dumplings), and guotie (Pot Stickers).

This afternoon, check out of your Beijing hotel and board the train to Qufu.

The Confucius Temple in Qufu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Confucius Temple in China. Tour the awe-inspiring 466 rooms that make up the temple which was built in 479 B.C. after the death of Confucius. 

Your guide will take you through the Kong Family Mansion where you can experience how the Chinese upper class lived. Explore the opulence of this aristocratic family home.

The final resting place of the Confucius family is at the Confucius Cemetery where 100,000 Confucius descendants are buried.

As you board your return flight home from Jining Qufu Airport, you consider your future and appreciate of peace and beauty Confucius brought to the world.

To study Confucius you must study religion in Beijing. Exploring the two largest temples of Confucius, his family and the cities of Beijing and Qufu will enlighten you to the path of peace and understanding. Coupled with the exploration of a foreign studies fellowship opportunity, this shapes up to be a trip of a lifetime.


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