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Qufu is a town of around 60,000 inhabitants that is located about 130km (80 miles) south of the Shandong provincial capital of Jinan. It is the legendary birthplace of Confucius (551 - 479 BC) - the great sage and philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese thought and life. Qufu served as the capital of the State of Lu during the Spring and Autumn Period (8th-5th century BC). The major cultural sites in the town are all associated with Confucius. Three sites, the huge Temple of Confucius, the Cemetery of Confucius, and the Kong Family Mansion, have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1994.

I came here from Nanjing for a couple of nights and it's easy enough to spend a whole day exploring the sites without rushing.

  • Last visit to Qufu: May 2008
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