Shui Confucian Temple is located in the western part
of Jian Shui County. Constructed in the Yuan Dynasty,
the temple with a 710 year history was expanded by imitating
the one in Qufu of Shandong province during the Ming
and Qing Dynasties. It now covers a total area of 114
acres and is well-known in Yunnan Province for its interesting
design and the attention to detail paid during construction.
The most unique part of the temple
is called Dacheng Hall, a glazed-tiled temple that optimizes
Confucian architecture of the period. In frond of the
hall there are 22 screen doors, each of which is 3.5
meters high and 0.75 meter width, they are so exquisite
to be considered as one of the finest works during the
early Ming Dynasty. Inside the hall there hang six golden
tablets inscribed by emperors of Ming and Qing Dynasties
and a shrine to Confucius can also be found.
In recent years there has been an
explosion of both domestic and international tourists
visiting this temple. The temple has also been very
beneficial for the city itself, not only raising its
profile on the national tourist landscape but also elevating
Jian Shui to the status of a national historical city.