Qufu is famed as the birthplace of the sage Confucius in 551 BC and home of his clan, the Kong. Largely unappreciated in his lifetime, there is architectural evidence of the esteem in which he was held by successive dynasties, most particularly the Ming, who constructed the Confucius Mansion and Confucius Temple on a grand scale.
The Confucius Temple ranks with Beijing’s Forbidden City as a great classic Chinese architectural complex. With 466 rooms, and over a kilometre long, it could easily be described as gargantuan. The Confucius Mansion was built and dedicated to the descendants of the great sage, who lived here continuously for more than 2,500 years, spanning 77 generations. The grandeur and opulence of the mansion conveys the power and wealth of Confucius’ descendants who were repeatedly identified and honoured by successive imperial governments with titles of nobility and official posts.
North of the town, the walled Confucius Forest contains the grave of Confucius and other members of the Kong clan. The mostly pine and cypress forest is interspersed with tombstones and shrines.
What is Confucianism? Confucianism is an ethical and philosophical system founded on the teachings of Confucius. The sage was concerned for the poor and dispossessed, and the belief that the goal of mankind was happiness. He gave high value to learning and devotion to family, peace and justice.
If you are planning a Qufu holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Qufu Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Qufu.