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Confucius Temple

Shendao Road, Qufu 273100, China
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Ranked #1 of 40 attractions in Qufu
Type: Historic Sites, Cemeteries, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: A grand complex of monuments and buildings in the hometown of the great philosopher and educator.
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

The 2 hour guided tour was a fantastic idea. I learned more in the two hours walking through the Temple and burial grounds for the 孔子 family than I could of if I read volumes on the subject. Confucius was the creator of modern Chinese culture, and it was an important journey to Shandong Province since it instilled within me... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

It seemed to me that everything seemed new except for a partly damaged stone engraving , and some overturned grave stones. I later found out that what you are seeing is simply a reproduction. The temple was completely destroyed during the cultural revolution along with all the ancient manuscipts. The ancient statue of Confucius was paraded down the street with... More

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
27 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Definitely worth a trip to if you're ever close to QuFu. I enjoyed the temple more than the mansion and it only takes a short amount of time to see everything that the temple has to offer. If you cannot read Mandarin, you'll need to bring a Chinese friend to explain the significance of the gates and monuments. To the... More

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Aiken, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I don't know if this is open to the public but I presume it is. As an invited scholar to China they were very interested in showing me their best coupled with my interest. There are few cemeteries in China but this is fabulous. It was overgrown, which is historically irrelevant. The graves along with the animal statue escorts when... More

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

There is nothing I think one could dislike when visiting the Confucius Temple becuase it is what it is

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Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

An immense sense of calm - we saw NO other visitors!! How many places in Chain can you say that about??

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

The temple has been added to for thousands of years. This is well done, not typical of other over-the-top sites in some other Chinese locations. Worth a visit, particularly if you appreciate the long history of Confuscianism.

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Bhubaneswar, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

qufu is mostly famous for Confucius,the greatest master and philosopher of china.he was born here.he taught here and he died here. the temple complex(consists of his palace and school) has a lot of history inside it , for about 2500 years.he established his teaching school here,fell out of favor of the emperor,traveled a lot, came back and died here. his... More

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Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
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6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Don't miss the Wu Daozi masterpiece in one of the back buildings. His engraving of Confucius's portrait is one of his only surviving works. Also, don't miss the carved stone panels, arranged like a comic strip, portraying Confucius's life. Read it from right to left.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Visited in August 2012 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Lots of history. Well maintained grounds. Had an English speaking guide which helped explain things. Saw all 3 sites.

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