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China: Qufu – Confuciu’s City

Published: 8.3.2014
While browsing in the diary, I found this note: "Qufu, arrival around 00:00." I remember that moment too well. It was quite cold, pitch black, and right at the exit of the station greedy taxi drivers came to us. Matter of principle had to be rejected. Then, however, had no choice but to hope that they were wrong and that you can get accommodation in and around the station ...

Čchü-fu Our prayers were answered. Although the station was about ten kilometers from the city, and led him to the only road lighting (midnight completely deserted - except for taxi drivers). By some miracle, after just a few meters we come across a nice little hotel with a boss, who was not unpleasant, even though we had completely certainly disturbed sleep.

At this moment I took another note from the diary, Čchü-futhat was very short: „An airconditioned room, with WC and PC. “ At midnight it was the best you could wish in v China.

On the following day we went into town to follow the footsteps of Confucius . For a while we drove about trying to find the bus station. We realized that Čchü-fucan buy tickets to our following destinations. The train station was supposed to be in the center. It was not.

In China, as in many other places in the world are well known places also very expensive. The biggest attraction in Qufu are the so-called "three kchung". Confucius’ name in  Chinese sounds „Kchung-c'“ and those three places are related to it. Those places are the temple of Confucius (Kchung-miao), the burial ground of the House of Kchung (Kchung-lin) and the residence of the House of Kchung (Kchung-fu). Although we knew that the temple of Confucius is the oldest and largest of the temples dedicated to Confucius. All these places are on the UNESCO World Heritage Site . The price of admission, and especially thick crowds of Chinese discouraged us from the tour. It seemed to us that the lightning cameras somehow lost its sacredness of this place. We walked around the walls and then visited a little smaller temple Jen-miao . It is named after one of the pupils of Confucius the name of whom was Jen Hui. There were only a few tourists. There was peace and quiet all around. It was just as we imagined it in our sino-romantic minds.

Čchü-fu

When it was close to closing time, we decided to give chance to the burial grounds of the Kchung family. There all 76 previous generations Kchung allegedly rest there. The whole area is quite large and we additionally chose a route that was apparently banned, so we could enjoy the special atmosphere. Light rain was underlined by sinister atmosphere of the place. If there had not been photo-greedy Chinese surrounding the tomb of Confucius himself, our walk would be perfect.

Čchü-fu

It was nearly night. Overwalked we returned in one piece to our room, and we started planning our next day there. Our goal was nothing else than the hometown of another great Chinese thinker – Mencius.

Čchü-fu

Text/photo: Hana Bašová



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