Confucius Family Cemetery

Admission Fee: Feb. 16 – Nov. 14:
CNY 40 for Confucius Cemetery;
Nov. 15 – the next Feb. 15:
CNY 30 for Confucius Cemetery;
Free for children under 1.4m (4.6 feet).
Opening Hours: 07:30 to 16:30

Located approximately 1 kilometer north of Qufu in Shandong Province, the Confucius Family Cemetery is where generations of Confucius’s family and descendants are interred. It holds the distinction of having the longest line of descendants in the world, a testament to the enduring legacy of Confucianism. The cemetery has stood for an astonishing 2340 years, with continual expansion over time. Initially spanning about 1 qin (6.67 hectares) at the time of Confucius’s burial, it has since grown to over 3,000 mu (200 hectares) through land grants by successive emperors.

Enclosed by walls stretching 7 kilometers (4.35 miles), the Confucius Family Cemetery encompasses more than 10,000 tombs, serving as a tangible reminder of the enduring reverence and respect accorded to Confucius and his descendants. Visitors to the cemetery can marvel at its historical treasures and gain a deeper appreciation for the profound role of the sage in shaping Chinese culture and civilization.

Exploring the Confucius Family Mansion and Cemetery offers a profound insight into the legacy of Confucianism and its enduring impact on Chinese society, reaffirming the sage’s status as a revered figure in the nation’s cultural heritage.

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