Guozijian Beijing


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Former Imperial College Connected to Capital Museum by a side door, Guozijian is a famous Beijing Attractions, Former Imperial College first built in 1287 and substantially extended in 1784. The focal point of the former college is the square pavilion, which can be thrown open on all four sides by means of doors and shutters, called the Imperial Schoolroom. It is sited in the middle of a pool and reached by bridges. Here the emperor used to lecture on the Classics to ministers and Students. On either side of the structure there used to stand 190 stone tablets engraved with 800,000 words of the Thirteen Classics, which took the calligrapher 12 years to transcribe. The tablets have been moved to a courtyard east of the main gate, Taixuemen, and Imperial College is now the Capital Library.

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