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The entrance to the Confucian Temple in Nanjing, which stretches back about 3 courtyards behind the facade seen here. A rare blue sky too to contrast against the red lanterns. Usually the skies in China are white and hazy from air pollution. It was totally destroyed by the Japanese Imperial Army in 1937 but rebuilt.

From Wikipedia: "Nanjing Fuzimiao (南京夫子廟) or directly called Fuzimiao (夫子廟, literally Confucian Temple), is located in the south of Nanjing City, situated on banks of Qinhuai River. For many years it's a place reputed as a center of culture, arts, shopping, entertainment and grand fairs.
In 317 in Jin Dynasty, Nanking Imperial University was constructed in Fuzimiao area, and later in Southern Tang dynasty the imperial university was again located there. In southern dynasties, many esteemed families lived around the area. In 1034 in Song Dynasty, the famous Confucian Temple was expandingly constructed. The area was very prosperous in Ming and Qing dynasties, well known as Shi Li Qinhuai (十里秦淮), which means that the streets in the Fuzimiao area had a total length of 10 Li (5 km), and the place was described as with countless shops, restaurants, bars and hotels, lining up two sides of these streets with colorful signs and lights. Today Fuzimiao area is still one of the most famous attractions for tourists."

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