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    The Source of Calligraphy

    by l_joo Written May 3, 2012
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    This tip is not an usual tip because this tip is only for the expert of calligraphy or the students of calligraphy at least. I don''t expect anyone in VT to know this tip.

    Calligraphy of China are found in these ancient inscribed stones, only fanatics and enthusiasts of Chinese calligraphy are interested in visiting these inscribed stones, this place is not suitable for tourists carrying Gucci or Prada.

    These inscribed stones are original, they not modern age laser cut stones.

    The location of this museum is after the exit of the Confucius Temple, which is when you walked out of the Confucius Temple, look at your left side, look for another gate and ticket kiosk, ticket is quite cheap, around 10 Yuan if not mistaken.

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    A Highly Commercial Town

    by l_joo Written Mar 10, 2012

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    Most commercial names in Qufu town are directly related to Mr Kong. Just outside my hotel I saw a restaurant claimed as the 75th direct descendant of Mr.Kong while at the other side, not more than 10 shops away, I saw another shop claimed 76th direct descendant of Mr.Kong. Signboards in Mr.Kong name are countless, you never know what is what, only commercial.

    Visit Confucius Temple (3 Kong) will cost you each RMB200+ only for those tickets.

    Anyway, I arrived by BUS from Hangzhou, the usual Sleeper-BUS. Very clean the condition but weird management especially the drivers in handling passengers. The cost of ticket is RMB266 each, 14 hours, stop for meal only once, do not drink too much water as driver won't stop, beautiful scenery along the way.

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    Town walls & gates

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    The town walls run around the old town of Qufu which encompasses the Confucius Temple, Kong Family Mansion, bell and drum towers and Yan Temple. They run for approx 8km in length in a 2km by 2km square shape and incorporate some nice gates. They look like they date from the Ming dynasty.

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    Confucius Tomb

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    This is the cone-shaped hill tomb of the great sage which is located in the Confucius Forest which itself lies a few kilometres to the north of Qufu. The original tomb erected here in memory of Confucius on the bank of the Sishui River had the shape of an axe. In addition, it had a brick platform for sacrifices. When the present tomb was opened by Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution no human remains were found in it.

    The tomb is cleared sign-posted from the gate-way into the forest cemetery. Next to it lie the tombs of Confucius' sons.

    Admission: Included in the price of the Confucius Temple ticket.

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    Confucius Forest

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    This forest is actually a cemetery and a pretty big one at that. It lies a few kilometres to the north of Qufu and is where the great sage, Confucius, is buried along with over 100,000 of his descendants in a walled compound that encloses an area of 3.6 square kilometres. The perimeter wall stretches for a length of 7.5km. Some 3,600 tombstones, which date back to the Han dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD), can be found amongst thousands of trees, which can be seen by walking through the undergrowth on narrow paths. The oldest graves date back to the Zhou Dynasty, the most recent of which belong to descendants in the 76th and 78th generation.

    Admission: Included in the price of the Confucius Temple ticket.

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    Kong Family Mansion - Great Hall and 6 Departments

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    It was here that Duke Yansheng greeted the emperor's decrees, received officials and executed the family rules. To the east and west of the Gate of Double Glory lies the former administrative departments of the Kong mansion modelled after the six ministries of the imperial government. The departments of seals, rites and accounting management lie in the east while the departments of letters, archives and music lie in the west.

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    Kong Family Mansion - Chong Guang Gate

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    This gate (meaning Gate of Double Glory) was built in Emperor Hongzhi's reign during the Ming dynasty in 1503. Its name is from the vertical tablet which reads "Bestowing double glory from Emperor Zhu Houcong". It was known as the gate of ceremony.

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    Kong Family Mansion

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    The descendants of Confucius lived in the Kong family mansion located to the east of the temple. They were in charge of tending to the temple and cemetery. In particular, they were in charge of conducting elaborate religious ceremonies on occasions such as plantings, harvests, honouring the dead, and birthdays. The Kong family was in control of the largest private rural estate in China. The first mansion was built in 1038 during the Song dynasty and was originally connected directly to the temple. During a rebuilding in 1377 directed by the first Ming dynasty Emperor, it was moved a short distance away from the temple. In 1503, it was expanded into three rows of buildings with 560 rooms and - like the Confucius Temple - 9 courtyards. The mansion underwent a complete renovation in 1838 only to perish in a fire 47 years later in 1887. It was rebuilt two years later; the cost of both 19th century renovations was covered by the Emperor. Today, the mansion comprises 152 buildings with 480 rooms, which cover an area of 12,470 square metres. The family mansion was inhabited by descendants of Confucius until 1937, when Confucius' descendant in the 76th and 77th generations fled to Chongqing during the Second Sino-Japanese War and later during the Chinese Civil War to Taiwan, where the head of the family still resides.

    Admission: Included in the price of the Confucius Temple ticket.

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    Confucius Temple - Hall of Poetry and Rites

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    This hall was first built during the Song dynasty (960-1279) and was temporary residence for Emperor Zhen Zong when he came to worship here. It was so-named to commemorate Confucius' instructing his son, Kong Li, to study poetry and rites.

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    Confucius Temple - The Lu Wall

    by Willettsworld Updated Jul 18, 2009

    When the first emperor, Qinshihuang, carried out a large-scale book burning mission, Kongfu, the 9th generation descendant of Confucius concealed copies of all the major Confucian classics inside this wall. They were discovered again in the wall in 154 BC.

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    Confucius Temple - Dacheng Hall

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    This architectural masterpiece is the main hall of the temple complex at Qufu. It covers an area of 54 by 34 m and stands slightly less than 32 m tall. It is supported by 28 richly decorated pillars, each 6 m high and 0.8 m in diameter and carved in one piece out of local rock. The 10 columns on the front side of the hall are decorated with coiled dragons which were covered during visits by the emperor in order not to arouse his envy. Dacheng means master with great achievement, which truly describes Confucius.

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    Confucius Temple - Xingtan Pavilion

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    This small pavilion, also known as the Apricot Pavilion, stands in front of the showpiece Dacheng Hall and was where Confucius lectured to his disciples. It was built in 1024 during the Song dynasty where apricot trees grew. It was later rebuilt in 1569 during the Ming dynasty.

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    Confucius Temple - Dacheng Gate

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    This is the main gate that leads into the main courtyard of Dacheng Hall. It was originally named Ritual Gate before being renamed after the Dacheng Hall. It was rebuilt after a fire in 1725 during the reign of Emperor Yongzheng whose characters are seen on the gate.

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    Confucius Temple - Stele

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    Before you come to the central core of the temple complex, you'll pass by a whole series of stele, some of which have their own pavilions. There are said to be over 1000 of them, which is the largest concentration in the whole of China and date from the Han dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD) right through to the Qing dynasty. More photos of them can be found in one of my travelogues.

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    Confucius Temple - Tongwen Gate

    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009
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    This gate was also built during the Song dynasty (960-1279). It was named Cantong Gate during the reign of Kangxi in the Qing dynasty and then renamed to its current name which was taken from the works of Liji in 1729.

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