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Confucius Temple, Qufu

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With 104 buildings spread across 14 hectares (34.6 acres), Confucius Temple lies in the philosopher's hometown of Qufu and forms part of a World Heritage Site. Originally built two years after the sage's death in 478 BCE, the current complex features layers of additions by various dynasties, each of them offering their peculiar tributes to the founder of Chinese philosophy. Explore the compound's nine courtyards, housing stone reliefs and carvings depicting the life of Confucius, and containing some 1,250 ancient trees. Designed as an imperial palace with yellow tiles and intricately ornamented red walls, this revered temple offers a unique insight into the essence of ancient Chinese thought. Plan your visit to Confucius Temple and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Qufu journey planner.
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  • There is no doubt that this is the foundation of Chinese traditional culture. Have always thought of Confucius Temple farewell Saints, and finally the gap to travel to here. Originally I was 27th, but the customer temporarily change the project time, on the number 26th a person came, who knows that the number 27th Ma Yun, ha Pass. Come when almost no visitors, a person quietly stroll Confucian temple, in the ancient wood forest of steles stroll, this feeling really good.
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  • Amazing to think how long this temple had been there . Our guide was really informative about all the aspects of the buildings . Great to just sit and think , to take some time out .  more »
  • The temple is a must see if you are in Qufu, but personally for me only the temple was sufficient, and then the admission fee pretty high (90 for temple, 115 for the whole complex). Temple itself is swamped by chinese tourists; If you have something at small temples it is quieter.
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  • Welcome to this historical site. The great sage Confucius was here more than 2 thousand years ago. Lots of history. Always come for the universal moral teachings. Good for Chinese New Year trip.
  • Huge history of Confucianism is hidden here. Biggest attraction of Qufu.
  • The three Confucian sites in Qufu are all worth seeing, all can be seen in 1 day. To me the Temple and Cemetery/Forest were more interesting with more trees and open spaces.
  • A lot stories to tell about this place.
  • Fewer people compared to other well-known tourist destinations. Able to walk slowly.
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Look within the city walls of Qufu for some of the most atmospheric places to stay. Right in the heart of the old city, the accommodations are pretty small and show their age, but charming options can be found to suit a range of tastes and budgets. Still close to all the action, the modern city center to the south has a good set of standard and luxury hotels set in high-rise blocks, primarily positioned on the main thoroughfares and close to city parks.
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