Welcome to Zōuchéng
Twenty-three kilometres south of Qūfù is Zōuchéng (邹城; also called Zōuxiàn 邹县), where the revered Confucian scholar Mencius (孟子; Mengzi; c 372–289 BC) was born. Like Confucius, Mencius was raised by a single mother and grew up to travel the country trying to reform government. His belief that humanity is by nature good formed the core of all his teachings, including his call to overthrow self-serving rulers. Not surprisingly, his criticism made him unpopular with those in power, but a thousand years after his death Mencius’ work was elevated a step below Confucius’.