|Zizhong Confucian Temple |
Zizhong Confucian Temple, a Cultural Relic under Provincial Protection, is situated in the outside of the northern gate of Zizhong County, the location of Zizhong Museum too. Its construction begun on the eastern street of county town during Yongxi’s reign in the Northern Song Dynasty. In the ninth year of Daoguang’s reign in Qing Dynasty, it was rebuilt at the present location. The temple takes up an area of 7,035 m2, with the building area of 2,191 m2. Imitations to the Temple of Confucius in Qufu have been made on the main building and the layout of the temple. Lingxing Gate, Dacheng Gate and Dacheng Hall are arranged on the vertical axis, with Wing-rooms of West and East, Bell Towers, Drum Towers, Xiangxian Shrine, and Eunuch Shrine distributed on both sides in symmetry.
Collections in the Temple include Zhang Daqian’s large hanging scroll of 4 meters and works of Chinese paintings, paintings of Zhang Shanzi, writings of Li Ruiqing—the teacher of Zhang Daqian, writings of celebrities like Yu Youren, dinosaur fossils and cultural relics from Han Dynasty.