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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. Make Confucius Temple a part of your Qufu vacation plans using our Qufu tour planner.
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Where to stay in Qufu

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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  • You can buy just one ticket (150 RNB) to enter three different places which are the Confucius temple, the Confucius mansion and the Confucius cemetery. The former two are next to one another. The latt...  more »
  • Most buildings were rebuilt due to fire damages, not original. Some trees were very old, over thousands of years. Stone tablets inscribed with emperors' handwritings were unique. The carved columns wi...  more »
  • Highly recommend seeing this temple. Is a true monument to a great Chinese person who was poor and unrecognized until after death. The grounds are gigantic and you will need 2-3 hours just to see ever...  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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