Confucius & Chénghuáng Temples
Lonely Planet review for Confucius & Chénghuáng Temples
In the heart of the old town, the tranquil Confucius Temple is the pick of the sights in Hánchéng itself. The dilapidated Yuan, Ming and Qing buildings could do with a fresh coat of paint, but there's a half-moon pool, towering cypress trees and glazed dragon screens. The city museum holds peripheral exhibits in the wings.
At the back of the Confucius Temple is the Chénghuáng Temple, in a lane lined with Ming-dynasty courtyard houses. There has been a temple here since the Zhou dynasty, but the whole site has undergone extensive renovation in recent years. The main attraction is the Sacrificing Hall, with its intricate roof detail, where gifts were offered to the gods to protect the city.
Buying a ticket to either temple gets you into the other as well. Bus 102 (Y1) runs here from the southwest corner of Huanghe Dajie, close to the bus station. A taxi is Y10.