Jiangnan Examination Hall


As one of the biggest imperial civil examination halls in ancient China, it was built in the Southern Song Dynasty. At first, it was a venue for the examination at the county and prefectural levels. In 1368 A.D.after Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, made his capital in Nanjing , it became a venue for the examination at the county and provincial levels. In 1421 A.D., the year when Zhu Di, another emperor of the Ming Dynasty, moved his capital to Beijing, it was taken as the venue for the examination at the county level. Thanks to constant expansion under Guangxu reign of the Qing Dynasty, it became the biggest venue for examination in China with as many as 20644 exmination rooms. In the Qing Dynasty alone, 58 examinees became No. One Scholars through the county-level examination in areas to the south of the Yangtze River, accounting for over 50 % of all No. One Scholars in China at that time. Such celebrities as Tang Bohu, Zheng Banqiao, Wu Jingzi, Wu Chengen, Fang Bao, Lin Zexu, Zeng Guofan, Zuo Zongtang, Li Hongzhang and Chen Duxiu wer directly associated with Jiangnan Examination Hall.
Nowadays, Jiangnan Examination Hall chiefly collects and exhibits cultural relics and historical data related to the imperial civil examination as well as researches the system of the imperial civil examination in China. So far, it has a batch of precious cultural relics such as 23 well-preserved tablets as key cultural relics under provincial protection, epitomizing the cream of the system of the imperial civil examination in China. Besides, “Mobile Inspection Tour by No. One Scholars”, “Jumping over the Dragon-Gate to Pay Respect to No. One Scholars”,” “Simulated County-Level Examination” and phtoto-taking of tourists in ancient costumes are periodically carried out here.!
No.1, Jinling Road, Fuzimiao (Historical Exhibition Museum of Jiangnan Examination Hall)
The ticket price:25 Yuan /per person
Open hours:8:00----22:00
The time suitable for the tour:
The whole year
Transportation routes:
Sanshanjie Street Bus-Station (station of arrival) of No. One Sanshanjie Street Station of Metro Line 1, Fuzimiao Station of Metro Line 3, public bus No. 1 and No. 2, No.202, No.204, No. 7, No. 14, No. 16, No. 31, No. 40, No. 33, No. 44, No. 49, No. 81, No. 87 and No. 304 leading to Jiankang Road (Fuzimiao) Bus-Station or Changlelu Bus-Station.


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