Temple Hopping in Beijing (雍和宮, 孔庙) Posted by sasha on Aug 19, 2010 in Culture
Before I get to my latest video post, I wanted to make a comment about how I’ve been introducing vocabulary in my posts. As I’m sure some of you have noticed, I recently changed the way I do this. From now on, I will highlight an English word, phrase, or sentence in bold, and then include the Chinese characters and pinyin in parentheses. I made this switch after getting feedback from some readers who said posts were hard to follow when I wrote the Chinese first. I think this new method will make my posts easier to read through, while still conveniently introducing new words in Chinese.
For today’s video, join me for a day trip to two of Beijing’s most famous temples – 雍和宮 (Lama Temple) and 孔庙 (Confucius Temple).
Hundreds of years ago, the Lama Temple was an Imperial Palace. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction and a lamasery for Tibetan and Mongolian monks.
The Confucius Temple honors China’s most famous scholar, 孔子 (Confucius). Built in 1302, people have come here to pay homage to the master scholar for hundreds of years. Here you can learn a great deal about Confucius and how his teachings have influenced people in the past, and continue to influence our lives today.
Palace of Peace and Harmony
Zàng chuán fójiào
Rúguǒ nǐ gěi fú qián, nǐ de qián jiāng zēngzhǎng
If you give budda money, your money will grow
Pavilion of Ten Thousand Happiness
Beijing Confucius Temple
Confucius (Master Kong)
his given name
Chú jiān bǎi
touch evil cypress (the famous tree in the temple)
Shū liáng hé
Yán zhēng zài
Fū zǐ dòng
scholar cave (where it is believed Confucius was born)
Kǒngzǐ sān shí érlì
“At age thirty, I stood firm” – this is a famous quote from Confucius
The Analects of Confucius
天下 – Tiānxià – all under Heaven
Mǎ kě bō luó
Yì dà lì
Fú ěr tài
Měi guó kǒng zǐ shū yuàn
USA Confucius college/academy
Cóng huá shèng dùn dào jiù jīn shān
from Washington to San Francisco
Lì shǐ shàng zuì yǒu yǐng xiǎng de yī bǎi rén
History’s most influential 100 people
Zhī cuò néng gǎi, shànmòdàyān
To know your faults and be able to change is the greatest virtue.
Xué ér bù sī zé wǎng, sī ér bù xué zé dài.
To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.
Jǐ suǒ bù yù, wù shī yú rén.
What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.
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