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Qufu, the hometown of Confucius

China Travel Depot | Updated: 2013-11-05 16:52

Qufu, the hometown of Confucius

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Qufu, the hometown of Confucius

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Qufu, the hometown of Confucius

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Confucius Temple

The temple is China’s largest imperial building after the Forbidden city. After the death of Confusius the Duke of Lu consecrated the simple house of Confucius as a temple. Everything in the house was preserved including books, musical instruments and clothing. The temple therefore is more a museum than an altar.

Confucius Mansion
The Kong Family Mansion is the historical residence of the direct descendents of Confucius. Most of extant structures are built from Ming and Qing Dynasties. Today it is a museum and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu”. The Mansion is situated to the east side of the temple and covers an area of more than 39.5 acres.

Cementery of Confucius

The Cemetery of Confucius (Kong Lin) located in the north of the city, is the largest clan cemetery in the world. When Confucius was buried, the area of the cemetery was not so large. But with the rising of Confucius’ status, the cemetery was rebuilt and enlarged many times through grants from the emperors who followed. Up to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it reached two square kilometers (494 acres) in area.

If you are interested in Chinese culture you should definitely pay the city a visit as Confucius played an important role in the development of China.



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