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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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  • 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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  • The temple size is impressive. Some of the buildings itself are also grand, but most of them are in bad condition. And it feels a bit repetitive quickly. There are better temples to visit in China.  more »
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  • 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.
  • Qufu Temple, is sacrifice China spring period of famous thinkers and educator Confucius of this temple, is located in Confucius hometown, and Shandong Qufu city within, and said "que in to Temple", began built Yu Lu Ai public 17 years, history increased repair expansion, by more than 2,400 years and sacrifice relative, is China origin most ancient, and history most long of a group buildings, is both at home and abroad thousands of seat Temple of precedent and model, and adjacent of Confucian, and North of cemetery collectively known as "three hole".
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  • When not many people play, very quiet, a kind of feeling of crossing.
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  • Nothing to see here, the real thing during the cultural revolution were smashed
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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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