An eastern Chinese city says it will build a cultural and tourist town in the name of ancient thinker Wang Yangming, whose Confucian philosophies are influential in many parts of Asia.
The building will be known as Wang’s hometown, Yuyao in Zhejiang Province has since launched the project to build the Yangming Ancient Town.
The building was to develop cultural and tourist products to help visitors better understand the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) philosopher and educator.
The city government of Yuyao on Monday said it was also aimed at building a research base on the Confucianism school of heart, of which Wang was a leading figure, and facilitate academic exchanges.
However, local authorities said Wang’s old residence in the city had so far received over 3 million visits since its inauguration in 2007.
Wang Yangming, whose real name is Wang Shouren, was an influential figure in the history of Confucianism, and best known for his theory that knowledge can only be obtained through simultaneous actions.