China’s second largest Confucian temple is located in Beijing and is a paradise of learning, calm and contemplation. Built following the will of the Emperor Yuan Dade in 1306, it hosted the Confucian commemorative ceremonies during the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Around the temple, there is a “forest” of stones - 198 tablets placed on both sides of the front courtyard, with the names of more than 51.624 Jinshi or “advanced students” - the highest level of Imperial China. Connected to the temple is Guozijian, the Imperial College where the Emperor explained Confucian classics to thousands of enraptured students. It is a place where the value given education in Chinese culture since ancient times is fully evident. Getting the highest grades on State exams (known for being exceptionally rigorous) was the happiest event for both students and their parents - a successful student brought prestige and honour to their family and all the members of their clan. Besides its historic importance, the site is a truly noteworthy architectural accomplishment - between Chengxian and Guozijian Streets are the most stunning and well-preserved arches of all Beijing.