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City Guide -- Qufu

Travel Guide of Qufu in Shandong Province
 
 
 
Qufu is situated in the southwest of Shandong Province, about 130 km south of the provincial capital Jinan and 45 km northeast of Jining, with an urban population of about 60,000. Qufu is one of the first of 24 famous historical and cultural cities announced by the State Council.

Qufu is the hometown of Confucius, Kongzi the great Chinese philosopher and educator in Chinese history. It served as the capital of the State of Lu during the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC). The major cultural sites in the city are all associated with Confucius. Three sites, the Temple of Confucius, the Cemetery of Confucius, and the Kong Family Mansion, have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1994.
 
 
There aren't any high buildings in Qufu, since the local people don't allow their buildings to exceed the height of the Dacheng Hall (81 feet) which is the main hall of the Temple of Confucius. In this way, they show their respect for this great master.
 
 
One fifth of the residents of Qufu have the surname Kong and they are all Confucius' descendants. Meanwhile, they have created delicacies. The well-known Kong Family Feast originated from the Kong Family Mansion in ancient time. It's said that the Qianlong Emperor (1736-1796) paid a visit to Qufu and, while there the cooks of the Kong Family Mansion made a Kong Family Feast for him. After the emperor participated in the feast, he was very pleased and satisfied.
 
 
Qufu has convenient land transportation. Several expressways cross it and it's not far from Jinan and Jining. Qufu is not big and most attractions are very close. China is a country greatly influenced by Confucianism which has played a great role in the development of Chinese history and culture. Anyone wants to have a deep understanding of China, he should visit Qufu.
 
By Angela Zhangyue
 
 
 
 
 
 
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