Drum Tower


Qufu'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.

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1. Confucius Mansion

0.11 MILES

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…

2. Bell Tower

0.15 MILES

The small and charming brick bell tower stands astride the road at the centre of town, to the east of the Confucius Temple.

3. Confucius Temple

0.23 MILES

Like shrines to Confucius throughout China and Asia, this is more museum than altar. The heart of the complex is the huge yellow-eaved Dacheng Hall (大成殿,…

4. Yan Temple

0.27 MILES

This tranquil temple northeast of Confucius Mansion is dedicated to Confucius’ beloved disciple Yan Hui, whose death at age 32 caused the understated…

5. Confucius Forest

1.38 MILES

About 1km north of the walled town on Lindao Lu is the peaceful Confucius Forest, a cemetery of pine and cypress covering 200 hectares and bounded by a…

6. Confucius Cave

14.13 MILES

About 30km southeast of Qufu, this cave on Ni Mountain (尼山, Ní Shān) is where, according to legend, a frighteningly ugly Confucius was born, abandoned and…

7. Mencius Family Mansion

14.23 MILES

It's fun to explore the myriad courtyards and gardens at Mencius Family Mansion, which among other things exhibits the family’s living quarters, including…

8. Zoucheng Museum

14.28 MILES

This museum on Shunhe Lu displays a collection of items relating to Zoucheng through history. Note the very long lunch break.