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Guozijian, an Old Street Packed with Memories
   2014-04-22 13:28:55    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Luo Chun

Guozijian Street, or Imperial Academy Street, is an alley running east to west, located in central Beijing. The street, originally known as "Chengxian Street", originally took shape around 700 years ago. Its most recent name change came in 1965. With a total length of 669 meters and an average width of 11 meters, the street houses the Imperial Academy in the west and the Confucian Temple in the east. Built in 1306, the Imperial Academy was the foremost educational institution during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (1271-1911), and was considered an esteemed learning environment by ancient scholars. The Confucian Temple is the location where sacrifices to Confucius were made during the three dynasties. Guozijian Street is the only street in Beijing featuring decorated archways, with two in the east and a further two in the west. Many single-storey houses can be found along the street, evoking a sense of ancient Beijing. [Photo: bbs.fengniao]


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