--- SEARCH ---
Film in China
War on Poverty
Learning Chinese
Learn to Cook Chinese Dishes
Exchange Rates
Hotel Service
China Calendar
Telephone and
Postal Codes

Hot Links
China Development Gateway
Chinese Embassies
China Post
China Air Express
Hospitals in China
Chinese Embassies
Foreign Embassies
Construction Bank
Bank of China
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China
Travel Agencies
China Travel Service
China International Travel Service
Beijing Youth Travel Service
Beijing Xinhua Tours
China Tibet Tour
China Tours
China National Tourism Administration

Online marketplace of Manufacturers & Wholesalers

Confucius's Hometown Finished Renovation

Qufu, the birthplace of China's preeminent philosopher Confucius, plans to restore its ancient city walls and streets ahead of the philosopher's 2556th birthday anniversary, which falls on September 28.


"We hope to make these things look like what they were thousands of years ago, and more visitors may come to celebrate the anniversary," said Kong Xiangjin, director of the Qufu tourism administration.


About 800 meters of stone slabs will be laid on both sides of

the original entrance of the ancient city compound, resembling the ancient streets of the city, and a park will be established along the city moat, with archaic lamp poles, pagodas and fences.


Kong said thousands of Confucius believers are expected to come this year, including from Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, and the United States.


Qufu city used to have several inner cities, and the city wall currently under renovation, the first ever built of bricks in Qufu, was erected in 1513 to safeguard the Confucius Temple.


Last year, the local government restored a 5,300-meter wall built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and torn down in 1970s in the city's urbanization.


The government plans to promote sightseeing streets around the compound, shopping streets for ancient paintings and calligraphy this year to further boost tourism, Kong said. A praying ceremony will be held on every Saturday morning starting next month.


Chinese feudal rulers enshrined Confucianism as the orthodox school of thought in the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD). It also spread far into east and south Asia far back in history, where its influence can still be felt.


Confucius' thought was once almost banished from mainstream culture during the troublesome Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. But it staged a comeback soon after that political chaos, remaining an unshakable school of thought in Chinese people's everyday life.


(Xinhua News Agency August 29, 2005)


New Tourist Attractions in Qufu
Confucius Cultural Festival Opens in E. China
Pilgrimage to Confucius Home
Confucius Reenters Mainstream Culture
Print This Page
Email This Page
About Us SiteMap Feedback
Copyright © China Internet Information Center. All Rights Reserved
E-mail: webmaster@china.org.cn Tel: 86-10-68326688