from Heze to qufu
Qufu Travel Blog› entry 9 of 24 › view all entries
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.
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!