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Confucian Temple in Qūfù

Confucius Temple

Like shrines to Confucius throughout China and Asia, this is more museum than altar. The heart of the complex is the huge yellow-eaved Dàchéng Hall (大成殿; Dàchéng Diàn), which in its present form dates from 1724. Cra…
Museum in Qūfù

Confucius Mansion

Next to Confucius Temple is this maze of living quarters, halls, studies and further studies. The mansion buildings were moved from the temple grounds to the present site in 1377 and vastly expanded into 560 rooms i…
Cemetery in Qūfù

Confucius Forest

About 2km north of town on Lindao Lu is the peaceful Confucius Forest, a cemetery of pine and cypress covering 200 hectares bounded by a 10km-long wall. Confucius and more than 100,000 of his descendants have been b…
Chinese in Qūfù

Yù Shū Fáng

On dining, Confucius duly noted 'Food can never be too good, and cooking can never be done too carefully'. This restaurant of private rooms behind the Confucius Mansion takes this to heart, serving fine Iron Guanyin…
Confucian Temple in Qūfù

Yán Temple

This tranquil temple northeast of Confucius Mansion is dedicated to Confucius’ beloved disciple Yan Hui, whose death at age 32 caused the understated Confucius ‘excessive grief’. The main structure, Fùshèng Hall (复圣…
Park in Qūfù

Confucius Cave

About 30km southeast of Qūfù, this cave on Ní Shān (尼山) is where, according to legend, a frighteningly ugly Confucius was born, abandoned and cared for by a tiger and an eagle, before his mother realised he was sent…
Chinese Islamic in Qūfù

Mù’ēn Lóu Halal Food & Drink

A friendly Hui family runs this simple but convenient place behind the Confucius Mansion, serving house specialities like beef spiced with cumin, star anise and turmeric (南前牛肉片; nánqián niúròu piàn; ¥68) and tongue-…
Tower in Qūfù

Drum Tower

Qūfù's Drum Tower stands at the centre of the old walled town at the point where Gulou Dajie – named after the Bell Tower – divides into its northern and southern sections.
Market in Qūfù

Qūfù Night Market

The busy, aromatic and central night market cooks up lamb kebabs, noodles, húntún (wontons), tofu and many other dishes and street snacks.
Street Food in Qūfù

Street Vendors

Pop up to the street vendors on the corner just outside the north city gate for a selection of street food, cooked up on the spot.