Welcome to Qūfù
The hometown of the great sage Confucius and his descendants, the Kong clan, Qūfù (曲阜) is a testament to the importance of Confucian thought in imperial China to this day. The town is one of Shāndōng's top sights, and is a mandatory stop for anyone keen to see how revered the social philosopher remains.Viewing the main sights within the city walls of ancient Qūfù, a Unesco World Heritage Site, will take a full day
Top experiences in Qūfù
2-Night Shandong Tour by Bullet Train
Discover elements of Chinese culture through the eyes of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism on this private 2-night tour of Shandong Province. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Qufu along with sacred places at the summit of Mt Tai. Take a high-speed train round-trip from Shanghai or continue to Beijing – it’s your choice – with pickup and drop-off at the train stations by private vehicle. Your tour includes two nights’ accommodation at the Qufu Queli Hotel plus breakfast and lunch.
Private Hutong Culture Tour with Dumpling Cooking Class plus Cricket Fighting Game
In the morning, your licensed English speaking tour guide will come to pick you up in your hotel. Firstly, you will drive to Lama temple.Lama Temple is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. Lama Temple is one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in the world. The building of the temple is a blended Han and Tibetan style. It was first built in 1694， used be prince palace. Converted to lama temple from 1746. The biggest wooden Buddha statue in the world still standing in this temple. Afterward, you will travel the Confucius Temple.The Confucius Temple is one of the most important temples in the Hutong, just after the one in his hometown of Qufu in Shandong Province. The Confucius temple was built to pay tribute to Confucius in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It was first built in 1309 with a history of more than 700 years. Inside the temple complex there are more than 100 ancient trees and 198 steles in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. The Royal Academy is next to it. It was the place for the emperor to train the minsters.You also could take the change to learn the traditional education system.The next stop will be Hutong rickshaw tour. You will take rickshaw ride to Hutong alley. One the way, you could see all the traditional style gates and shops. Then you will be taken to a local family home. Learning how to make dumplings, watching cricket fighting, and eating authentic home food. After lunch, Then ascend the Drum tower and have a bird's eye view of the old Beijing - Shichahai area. On the top of Drum tower, if luckly, you could see the Drum beating show. Finally walk from Drum Tower to Yandaixiejie, a lane or hutong with a history of over 700 years dating back to Yuan Dyansty in 13th and 14th century. The famous Houhai Lake is in the end of this Hutong. After the tour, you will transfer back to your hotel.
2-Day Qufu Historical Tour from Qingdao by High Speed Rail
Day 1 [L, D]:Make your way to High Speed Rail (HSR) Station in Qingdao and take the train from Qingdao to Qufu (about 3.5 hours). Upon arrival, enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant and then visit the Kong Family Mansion, the former residence of Confucius and his descendants. The size of Kong Family Mansion is similar to a imperial palace and plays an important role in the history of architecture in the world. Next attraction is the Temple of Confucius. Since 1994 the Temple of Confucius has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site listed as "Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu". Established in BC478, it was built as the former residence of Confucius. Stay overnight in Qufu.Day 2 [B, L]:After breakfast you can visit Confucius Cemetery. Located in the north of Qufu city, the cemetery covers more than 3000mu areas. It is the largest private cemetery in the world and its artificial garden which is best conserved as well. After the visit, you will be transferred to the HSR station and take the train back to Qingdao City. The tour ends at the HSR station in Qingda.
Qufu Private Tour of Confucius Temple plus Kong's Family Mansion and Cemetery by Public Transportation
Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Qufu city centre to start this tour in this city known as the hometown of Confucius. First you will visit the Confucius Temple, or in Chinese Kong Miao. The origins of the temple date back to the 5th Century B.C., as it was built shortly after Confucius’ death. In 478 B.C., Duke Ai built a temple honoring Confucius, who, at the time, was still largely unknown outside the province. By the 2nd Century B.C., the fame of Confucius had spread and the Han Emperor Wu began offering sacrifices at this site in 205 B.C. The temple was expanded but subsequent generations of rulers, and for the next thousand years, untold numbers of buildings were built and torn down in many rounds of rebuilding. After your visit to the temple, you will enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch. Next you will visit the Confucius’ Family Mansion. This is where both Confucius and his descendants allegedly lived for over 2,500 years. The yard boasts 466 rooms and myriad courtyards, most of which are off-limits to tourists, but there are enough open to give you a general idea of the grandeur of the place. Then you will have a nice 30 minutes walk to reach the Cemetery of Confucius, which is where the Confucious (Kong in Chinese) clan is all buried, as well as some of Confucius’ disciples. Construction on this cemetery was begun in 1331, but in total there have been 13 different renovations and extensions. The oldest graves found here date back to the Zhou Dynasty. After this last visit, we will take you back to your hotel in Qufu city centre. If you wish to be dropped at the Qufu train station, your guide will help you to find a taxi on your own expense.