Understanding Chinese Society through Ancient Sages

Understanding Chinese Society through Ancient Sages

Chinese philosophies, or if you like, doctrines, religions or cultural practices include Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism. Over thousands of years they have all played a major role in shaping Chinese culture, albeit sometimes falling in and out of favor with rulers over the centuries. Through an understanding of the different philosophies, even if only a brief look through the window, can only work towards helping to understand the nature and way of such a large society.

One page on a blog is never going to cover a subject so vast as three philosophies, or their role in Chinese history, but let this try to be an introduction for those who have no knowledge at all, a bit like the writer. Ever so briefly I will try to introduce the three philosophies, some of the main characters, a few interesting quotes and maybe some new understanding.

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Confucius Temple Nanjing (Fuzimiao Scenic Area)

Confucius Temple Nanjing (Fuzimiao Scenic Area)

A shopping market packed inside the historic buildings surrounding the Confucius Temple makes for a popular place to visit in Nanjing, be it night or day.

It was night when we first strolled into the area and after strolling past the traditional old Chinese gate and past the Pizza Hut, KFC and various clothes shops that have wiggled there way into the old buildings we where met with a river alight with color.

Cobblestone streets run alongside the river and old stone bridges run across which made a perfect place to enjoy the colorful display of lights on show and the performace taking place on the boat. Not sure if it happens every night but it was on this particular Sunday night.

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