Qufu Travel Guide

  • Qufu
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Qufu
    by jorgejuansanchez
  • Qufu
    by jorgejuansanchez

Qufu Things to Do

  • The Source of Calligraphy

    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...

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  • Confucius Temple

    Temples were built using the name of Confucius to gain political powers. In modern days, products created using the name of Confucius to make money.The name Confucius is not just a name.

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  • A Highly Commercial Town

    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...

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  • Town walls & gates

    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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  • Kong Li's Tomb

    Kong Li was Confucius' first child and was born when he was 20. Kong Li's tomb is located next to that of his father in the forest cemetery which is located to the north of the town.

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  • Confucius Tomb

    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...

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  • Confucius Forest

    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,...

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  • Eternal Spring Archway

    This decorative archway lies about half-way along the road that leads from the north gate of the town to the Confucius Forest and Tomb.

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  • Kong Family Mansion - Great Hall and 6...

    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...

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  • Kong Family Mansion - Chong Guang Gate

    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

    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...

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  • Confucius Temple - Hall of Poetry and...

    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 - Tablet of the Family...

    This tablet was erected in the Ming dynasty. It includes the 12 generation descendants of Kong Fu who was the 54th generation descendant of Confucius.

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  • Confucius Temple - The Lu Wall

    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 - Dragon Columns

    These marvellous columns form the outside of the Dacheng Hall. The 10 columns are decorated with coiled dragons which were covered during visits by the emperor in order not to arouse his envy.

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  • Confucius Temple - Dacheng Hall

    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...

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  • Confucius Temple - Xingtan Pavilion

    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

    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 - Kuiwen Pavilion

    This pavilion was once a library for storing books presented by Emperors and was first built in 1018, restored in 1504, during the Ming Dynasty, and in 1985.

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  • Confucius Temple - Stele

    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...

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  • Confucius Temple - Tongwen Gate

    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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Qufu Hotels

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  • Jingjiang Inn (Jining Qufu Sankong)

    No.7 Chunqiu Road, Qufu, Shandong, 273100, China

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Queli Hotel Qufu

    I visited Qufu in Spring 2006. I was visiting some cities in Shandong and I'd heard lots about Qufu....

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  • Youzheng

    8 NORTH STREET GULOU, QUFU, Qufu, China, CN

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

Qufu Restaurants

  • The Best of Qufu

    Most of the restaurants around the tourists area are so....ermmm, luckily we discovered unexpectedly a small restaurant that sells some really yummy, not only yummy but super yummy, the price of foods here are ridiculously low and once you entered you will see tables and chairs all fully occupied by customers.I don't know how to describe the taste...

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  • China's version of KFC!

    CBC stands for "China Best Chicken" and is a direct and rather blatant copy of KFC. Virtually everything mirrors the western fast food chain even down to the way it packages its burgers (see photo!). This branch is located on the corner of Gulou Street and Jingxuan Rd just outside the south gate of the old town. If you like KFC then you'll probably...

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  • Posh hotel food

    Although I didn't stay here, I did come here to eat one evening. They have a huge dining hall where I was practically the only one sitting at a table. The food is pretty well priced bearing in mind that the hotel is 4-star and you get an English menu. Another reason to dine here are the rather attractive and strangely very tall waitresses!

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  • Near drum tower

    There are a whole host of food stalls that come out during the evening near the Drum Tower. On offer are some simple Chinese dishes that are cooked on open grills along the street. You just simply choose what you want the 'chef' to cook by selecting the ingredients that are laid out in front of you and they'll cook it for you! Simple and cheap.

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  • Night markets - eat while you shop

    Not that I'm frugal and don't want to pay for restaurants, but I prefer to interact with the locals, haggle a bit and eat what they do.There are a few night markets in Qufu, but all are relatively small in comparison to Xi'an, Beijing or other main-stream cities. The spiced hot dogs are great and easily for all with even the most critical...

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  • Good quality, low prices

    The menu is english, and well translated (this is rare in China). Teh food is excellent, delicious, well cooked. The restaurent itself is very clean and pleasant.Two dishes with rice and a beer came to under 30Yuan I had thinly sliced pork fried with capsicum and chilli peppers, and grated aubergine sauteed with chillis and onions. Both were...

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Qufu Transportation

  • Getting around Qufu

    Qufu has around half-a-dozen bus routes. Useful ones to know are No.1 which passes by the Temple of Confucius, the Kong Family Mansion and the Cemetery of Confucius. No.2 heads east along the main road so that you can visit the Mausoleum of Shao Hao, about 3-4km from the town. They cost RMB1 per journey.

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  • Getting to Qufu

    In order to preserve the hometown of Confucius, the Beijing-Shanghai railway bypasses 15km from Qufu to Yanzhou which means you have to take a train to Yanzhou and then go to Yanzhou Bus Station to take a bus to Qufu. Luckily the Yanzhou Bus Station is very close to Yanzhou Train Station. The bus from Yanzhou to Qufu runs every 15 minutes from 6:00...

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  • Taxi's or horses

    Qufu is a small city and might be as developed as most that tourists go to. Therefore taxis, busses, etc are much more infrequent. Standard taxis might be downright impossible to find in the off-season, particularly if you are outside of the modern downtown center.If you are in the old town, walking is easy and most common.You can barter with the...

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Qufu Off The Beaten Path

  • Zhougong Temple

    This temple complex lies just outside the town wall in the northeast corner of the town. It was the sacrificial temple of the Duke of Zhou. The complex covers an area of 75 acres and features some lovely sets of doors found in the wall that surrounds it. The temple is very peaceful and tranquil as it's not well known to tourists.

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  • Mausoleum of Shao Hao

    This pyramid-shaped tomb is located a few kilometres to the east of Qufu. It is the burial place of Shao Hao, one of the five legendary emperors supposed to have ruled China around 4000 years ago. This tomb was built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) with stone blocks in a pyramid shape resembling the Egyptian pyramids. It measures 25m in width and is...

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  • Confucianism

    "This great ethical and philosophical system is named after its founder, Confucius (Master Kong), who lived in the late 6th and early 5th centuries BC, born into a middle class family, although the family was actually in the superior class of the current dynasty." " Xiào or Hsiao (孝) - filial piety. This was considered among the greatest of...

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  • Home of the Kong Family

    In Qufu everything rotates around the temple and residence of the family of Confucius. Until the 1950s the 70th generation of decendants of the Kong-Family lived in the palace in Qufu. Then they moved to Taiwan.The Palace an the temple are still there and can be visited like a museum.

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  • Palace and Temple

    When the emperor of China declared Confucianism as state relegion, he allowed the Kong-Family to build a big temple and palace. The Kong-Family were the only people in China, who were allowed to use yellow tiles and dragon-columns beside the emperor.

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