There will be a local tour for symposium participants free of extra charge
to explore the City of Qingdao and her surroundings. An optional tour
to Mountain Tai and The Temple of Confucius (approximately US$150 for
each) is also available at your own expense upon request. Please notify
us if you are interested in such a tour.
Introduction to Mt. Tai
Mt. Tai is the most renowned mountain in China. It was listed in the Chronology
of Recognition of World Heritages in China in December 1987.
With a height of 1,545 m, Mt. Tai is the third highest among the five
sacred mountains in China. However Mt. Tai is famous for its divinity
instead of its height. It has been hailed as the "most sublime of
the five sacred mountains" since ancient times.
As one of the most important places of China's Buddhism and Taoism, Mt.
Tai contains many temples and historical sites. The sacrificial and climbing
activities of emperors and kings have left behind enormous historical
legacy, which is unsurpassed by any other mountain in China. In Dai Temple,
the trees planted by Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty still remain green
and prosperous, and the Home Returning Ridge, which is characterized by
a steep and dangerous slope, can still be seen. Lying on the Yunbu Bridge,
the five ancient pines, which were bestowed honorific titles by the first
emperor of the Qin dynasty are still sturdy. On the path of 18 bends,
visitors can see many poems and songs created by famous poets and scholars,
such as Libai and Dufu. Mt. Tai is of great historical, aesthetic and
geographic importance. The trip to Mt. Tai is to a great extent like reading
a long history book, which mixes past with present, the old with new.
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Introduction to the Temple of Confucius
The Temple of Confucius, the Confucius Family Mansion and the Confucius
Woods are located in the city of Qufu, Shandong Province. They symbolize
the Chinese People's remembrance of Confucius throughout the ages, and
their respect of Confucianism. They are known for their cultural significance,
age long history, considerable scale, rich collection of relics and their
scientific and artistic value
According to historical records, in 478 BC, the year after Confucius'
death, Lord Ai of the State of Lu had Confucius' house altered into a
temple in commemoration of the sage. Covering 140,000 square meters of
land, the temple has over a hundred houses clustering around 9 courtyards.
Located there are the Airport Altar where Confucius had his school, the
famous cypress and over a thousand stone tablets. To the east of the temple
is Confucius' house which has 480 rooms, housing many files and relics.
Many titles were conferred on Confucius and his descendants in the course
of history. In the north of Qufu are located the Confucius Woods where
the tombs of Confucius and most of his descendants are to be found. It
is a cemetery with over 100,000 ancient tombs and 4,000 steles. Zi Gong,
Confucius' disciple, started planting trees at Confucius' tomb and now
there are over 10,000 trees in the woods.
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