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- We came here on a private tour of Shandong and had a guide of our own making this a more meaningful trip. The San Kong Tourist Site included the Confucius Temple, The Kong Family Mansion and the Confucius Cemetery. The Temple is the first site and seemed crowded at the entrance but it is spacious enough inside that the crowd really didn't make a lot of difference. Coming here as an educator meant a lot to me. Instead of worshiping, paying respect was more for me. Wonderful visit at this great site.Written 17 May 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Travelled by Fast Train from Taishan with Friends and was again pleasantly surprised by the Size and Lay Out of everything.Written 16 June 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- we were taken here by a local colleague and it was fascinating. the residence, which is really a complex of different buildings was lived in continually from the 1500s to 1937 when the family moved to taiwan.
by western standards its not particulalry well maintained but it has a great atmosphere and its easy to picture the family still living there. the gardens are lovely and we saw a performance of chinese opera in the garden.
the road to the residence has a great shopping street and some nice local restaurants with great dumplings.
give yourself plenty of time to see everythingWritten 1 September 2016This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- This site is the home and temple of Mencius, who was a Chinese philosopher. He was also one of the principal interpreters of Confucianism. However, he was not the reason to be so famous in our Chinese story. It was his mother, who became the Mother of China because of her sacrifice to her son.One of the most famous traditional Chinese idioms is 孟母三遷 "Mencius's mother, three moves". She moved home for 3 times in order to provide the best environment for her son to study.Written 10 July 2014
- Though Confucius has influenced Chinese society for centuries, the visit to his tomb and the benefits he brought to his decendents were quite an irony. Better to read about him before the visit, and the guide could tell you more about it. It would be nicer if there were not many people, so the visit could be mixed with some space for personal thought.Written 24 July 2013
- I would highly recommend going to Nishan. It is my favorite Qufu site so far. There is enough to do for history lovers and for those who enjoy outdoors. The whole site consists of several attractions - a mountain, a temple, Confucius cave and maybe some other. I had only 1 hour and a half and these are the ones I managed to see. I didn't really see much of the temple, just quickly peaked at it and most of my time spent on the mountain looking over the area and observing the shepherds. The mountain itself isn't very big - more like a big hill. It took me around 15 minutes to get to the top.
The surrounding area is beautiful too. There are lots of other mountains around and a lovely lake nearby.
Some of the signs have English translations, but there were just a handful visitors - everyone, except me, Chinese.
To get to the site I took a local bus from Qufu. It took me longer to get there than what the information on the other English web pages said. Instead of 45 mins, it took around 1h 20mins. None of the people spoke any English really but they were extremely helpful. It was also a real China experience where everyone on the bus, including the driver, were asking who I was, where I was going and etc.Written 7 March 2016
- I had a guide so she could explain a number of things. Apparently the descendent of confucius has escaped to china together with the Nationalist Army and taken all the valuable things with him. So we are mainly left with empty rooms here. The garden at the back is interesting as he could not take it away. Women married into the family were not allowed to leave the compound. They can only take water from a convoluted opening in the wall (see picture).Written 23 April 2019
- The Dacheng Hall is the main temple inside the Confucius Temple complex and can't be visited separately. You'll either need to buy the '3 Kong' ticket or the single ticket just for the Confucius Temple. Alas, although Dacheng Hall is the highlight of the complex, the doors are open, yet you cannot enter. Thus you'll be crammed in, jockeying for position with 00's of other visitors, all jamming their cameras through the doorway trying to get some sort of shot of the temple inside. Keep trying. It's worth seeing.Written 4 September 2016
- We visited Qufu this past June and saw Confucius Family Cemetery and Confucius Temple but were too late to visit his mansion. We were in awe of the cemetery, what a beautiful, peaceful place! It was maintained like a park with many people strolling around. In case you cannot walk so far, there is a trolley that you can ride. We could not believe that Confucius' grave was still beautifully kept after two thousand years! There were hardly any foreign tourists but there were lots of Chinese tourists from other parts of the country. We regret we did not have enough time for the mansion.
We had a very nice guide. We wanted to bring a gift for a Chinese friend in the US and were looking for a calligraphy master who could write us a proverb we had in mind. When we asked our guide whether he knew anyone, he brought us to a true master. This man is a government certified calligraphy master and his office/shop is situated right in front of the cemetery. He is the only master there, you can't miss him. His writing is exquisite and we were so pleased that he was so inexpensive as he is not used to foreigners. He can also write your Chinese name for you.
Due to a mishap my husband had to go to the emercency room and the guide brought us to the Qufu People's hospital. We were very apprehensive, but again we were pleasantly surprised. Even though the hospital was very simple and plain, they had a state of the art sonogram machine, had a sophisticated lab and ran all the tests with a written report within an hour and a half and gave the meds. The chief urologist was very competent and knew what he was doing. We were able to travel 5 more days and did not have to cancel the remainder of the trip. We will always be grateful to that doctor, who saved our vacation and restored my husband's health.Written 12 September 2016
- This place is a AAAA site but you can see all the arts of Confucius. Show in the theatre was very good. Must Go in Qufu!Written 6 October 2016
- The altar is definitely one of the points to seek out inside the Confucius Temple complex, but it can't be visited separately. You need a ticket for the complex and then to see out the altar, very close to the main Dacheng Hall. Definitely one of the highlights of the temple complex.Written 4 September 2016
- was lucky to see the reenactment here of Confucius and the honours bestowed on him, amazingly detailed. lovely gardens and well preserved/ the town itself is quite enjoyable, and the people quite friendly, easy to get around and no issues with food. a bit out of the way but worth the effortWritten 28 June 2015
- Again you have to rent a car to get here, recommend you to do it at the same trip with Ni Shan (Ni Mountain)Written 22 September 2014
Frequently Asked Questions about Qufu
- The best day trips from Qufu according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Private Qufu Bullet Train Trip to Qingdao City Highlights and Beer Museum
- Qufu Private Tour to Confucius Temple, Family Mansion, Cemetery and Ni Mountain
- Qufu Private Tour of Confucius Temple, Kong's Family Mansion and Cemetery
- Qufu Private Walking Tour: Confucius Temple, Family Mansion and Cemetery with Lunch
- Classic Qufu Private Day Trip from Jinan by Bullet Train