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Approaching the old city gate and entrance to the Confucious temple

Between Heze and Jinan, we visited a major destination on our culture and civilization trip, Qufu. Qufu is the hometown of Confucious. We visited the 3 places related to him, the temple, the house where his decendents lived, and the family cemetery (along with ten thousand other  tourists, it seemed)

The Confucious Temple was where many emporers over the past two thousand years have come to pay their respect to Confucious, so there were many steles commemorating these events. Many of them were carried on the backs of special turtle like mythical creatures. One of these weighed 30 tons (Chinese tons) and had to be shipped here from Beijing during the Ching dynasty. The main temple had 28 columns, the ones in front were carved with many lifelike dragons.

Some local school kids posed for photo in front of the entrance to the Confucious temple
The ones around and back were carved into eight sides and with 9 dragons on each side.

The Confucious family compound was a big place. The Kung family was a powerful local influence! And the 72nd (or so) generations decendents lived in this place in the early 1900's. One of their last weddings gifts were from Marshall (of the Marshall plan I suppose), the American ambassdor to China at the time.

We had a special Kung family menu for lunch in Qufu. After lunch we went to the Kung family cemetery.
In the family cemetery (the entry way were lined with numerous vendors, I don't think Confucious would have approved), there were thousands of tombs of the decendents. Most of them were just a tombstone and a mound of earth. The one for Confucious and his son and grandson were the most famous and biggest. There were just way too many tourists!

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Approaching the old city gate and …
Approaching the old city gate and…
Some local school kids posed for p…
Some local school kids posed for …
Inside the Confucious temple area
Inside the Confucious temple area
One of the stone steles,, shown wi…
One of the stone steles,, shown w…
Another view inside the Confucious…
Another view inside the Confuciou…
There were many such smaller build…
There were many such smaller buil…
A pavillion inside the Confucious …
A pavillion inside the Confucious…
Another stone stele in the Confuci…
Another stone stele in the Confuc…
One of many many stone steles in t…
One of many many stone steles in …
The main building in the Confuciou…
The main building in the Confucio…
The carved dragon columns in the f…
The carved dragon columns in the …
The doorway to the Confucious resi…
The doorway to the Confucious res…
One of the exhibits in the Confuci…
One of the exhibits in the Confuc…
A room in the Confucious residence…
A room in the Confucious residenc…
Turtle and chicken soup
Turtle and chicken soup
fried pancakes (jian bing)
fried pancakes (jian bing)
a tofu dish (of many we had for lu…
a tofu dish (of many we had for l…
The restaurant in Qufu where we ha…
The restaurant in Qufu where we h…
The multiple flavored fried pancak…
The multiple flavored fried panca…
The entryway to the Confucious fam…
The entryway to the Confucious fa…
Confucious cemetery
Confucious cemetery
Confucious tomb
Confucious' tomb
Confucious tomb and tourists
Confucious' tomb and tourists
Another view of Confucious tomb
Another view of Confucious' tomb
5 minute carving of stamps
5 minute carving of stamps
The parking lot for the cemetery. …
The parking lot for the cemetery.…
Qufu
photo by: portia