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Confucius Temple, Qufu
(3.9/5 based on 180+ reviews on the web)
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. Make Confucius Temple a part of your Qufu vacation plans using our Qufu tour planner.
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  • A large area, nice temples, beautiful and large Stone plates with carvings; worth a visit for 1-2 hours 
  • Into the eyes is still working hard despite the sprawling grounds and planted many an old burned by lightning. And walking into a temple of Confucius have the power from these old feelings. Where we stayed at the 闕里賓 Hall, walked over to the Temple of Confucius at 8 in the morning of the opening ceremony is being after the lavish ceremony followed by opening, admission to fit the admission ceremony. Except when it rains is made the opening ceremony at 8 o'clock every morning.
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  • The temple is housed within a huge area that requires lots of walking. It is interesting to see the great sage's birthplace, his home, a temple dedicated to his scholarly pursuits, the Kong Mansion an...  more »