The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

Confucius or Kong Zi, in Chinese, is buried in a humble plot in Qufu, Shandong Province. His tomb has no sign of luxury or grandeur of a philosopher whose analects shaped China—and are still highly-regarded until today.

While I was still working in Beijing, one of my students told the class that he’s a descendant of Kong Zi (aka Confucius). He was the one who invited me to go to Qufu and proudly showed me his small town where his family is revered like they’re deities. Everyone we met along our way to the cemetery seemed to know him. The security guard recognized him and he ushered us to the gate, skipping the queue at the ticket booth. I got in free, of course!

The cemetery is literally a forest, only with concrete, well-maintained paths. 

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

It can be a bit chilly even in summer. 

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

The trees are weird-looking and they seem to have a life of their own. One tree I was shown was three thousand years old. 

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

The Kong Family owns this huge piece of land for many centuries. 

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

All descendants of Confucius are buried and will be buried here.

The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot

Qufu is the hometown of Chinese Philosopher, Confucius

In this 200 hectares land, Confucius grew up, lived and taught his students here. 

Qufu is the hometown of Confucius

Qufu is where Confucius is buried

There are temples of learning, a library and small pagodas where he used to write and conduct his teachings. 

Qufu is the hometown of Confucius

The Chinese architecture here looks very authentic and well-ornamented. 

Qufu is the hometown of Confucius

If you look closer, even the eaves carry intricate symbols, products of skilled craftsmanship.  

Confucius Tomb in Qufu, Shandong Province

A few meters before approaching the stone statues of the animals, visitors have to do long, high jump to be able to go to heaven. 

Confucius Tomb in Qufu, Shandong Province

Confucius Tomb in Qufu, Shandong Province

These leopards were said to be trained by Confucius himself. Touching their heads means more money to come for you; rubbing its neck means long life; and touching its butt means good health. That explains why the stones are shiny smooth.

Confucius Tomb in Qufu, Shandong Province

During gaoko (like SAT), thousands of parents would  burn incense and kowtow to Confucius, hoping their sons and daughters will get high marks enough for them to go to a very reputable university.

 After passing the statues, you’ll arrive at this place where tour guides blabber about a lot of stuff to a large crowd of Chinese tourists. 

Confucius Tomb in Qufu, Shandong province, China

During Mao Tse Dong’s regime, his Red Army destroyed a lot of things and burned documents to get rid of the rich family. Deng Xiao Peng’s government restored what had been destroyed.

And here lies Confucius, the great Chinese Sage. 

Confucius Tomb in Qufu, Shandong province, China

Confucius is buried here.

On the raised platform, visitors are free to leave their offerings. Also, they’re free to kneel, kowtow and worship Master Kong. 

Confucius Tomb in Qufu, Shandong province, China

Confucius is buried here.

Confucius is known to have said this golden rule: “Do not do unto others what you do not want others do unto you.” And that’s BEFORE Christ. 

Confucius Tomb in Qufu, Shandong province, China

The epitaph above Confucius tomb


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2 Responses to “The Great Confucius is Buried in this Humble Plot”

  1. Tim
    August 1, 2014 at 9:51 AM #

    Wow. Lucky you!

  2. Little P.
    August 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM #

    I was in Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, once but I never heard of Qufu. Nobody mentioned it to me. I was there for 4 days and on the second day I was already bored. Had I known……..

    But, I want o Taishan though….but it’s not the same. :)

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