Qufu

  • This village, the birthplace of Confucius, has kept its earthen fortifications surrounding the majestic group of temples built around 1724.
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  • Confucius had a profound effect on Chinese culture and temples in homage to the philosopher were built throughout the country.
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  • This temple was built in memory of Confucius in 478 BC.
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  • Confucius and the remains of over 100,000 of his descendants are buried here.
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  • Exploring the Chinese countryside is a pleasant way to recharge your batteries.
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  • Behind this wall lies the temple, the residence and the cemetery where Confucius was buried.
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  • Qufu is located southeast of Beijing in the province of Shandong. Allow for 12 hours by train with a change at Ji'an. The village where Confucius was born has preserved its clay walls that surround the most majestic group of temples built around 1724, dedicated to the great sage and his descendants. The place has become very touristic but retains an unequalled charm. Celebrations are organised for ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination China

Qufu is located southeast of Beijing in the province of Shandong. Allow for 12 hours by train with a change at Ji'an. The village where Confucius was born has preserved its clay walls that surround the most majestic group of temples built around 1724, dedicated to the great sage and his descendants. The place has become very touristic but retains an unequalled charm. Celebrations are organised for 28 September, the birthday of the father of Chinese philosophy. A splendid route leads to his tomb, in the middle of a pine forest. The closest station is Yangzhou (on the Beijing-Shanghai line), some nine miles from the village. There is a connection by bus or minibus. You are better off planning your stay from Beijing as there are not many hotels around Qufu and demand is quite heavy.

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