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We ate dinner in a beer garden. A student group was there, on route from biking from the Bohai coast to the northernmost village in China, a place called Mohe 漠河. A map of their route was printed on the back of their shirts.
The beer garden was a nice place to eat. We ordered food from the vendors, bought huge mugs of beer, and enjoyed the summer evening.
The Confucius Temple in Harbin is called 文廟 (Temple of literature) instead of 孔廟 (Confucius Temple), I’m not sure why. It’s a large complex, and the architecture is very nice.
In front of the main hall is a commemorative large ceremonial vessel, modeled on an ancient bronze style.
Along one wall is a series of plaques that have the text of the Analects of Confucius with illustrations.
The temple complex is orderly, quiet and peaceful, a nice escape from the chaos and noise of the city.