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Confucius Forest

Sacred Way of Confucius ForestThe Confucian Forest, 'Forest of the Exalted Sage' or Confucian Family Cemetery has been the historic burial ground of the Kong family for over 2000 years and reflects an almost uninterrupted continuity of almost eighty generations. Members of the clan are still buried there today. According to historical records, Confucius was buried here after his death. At first, the graveyard was 1 qing (6.6667 hectares) but had reached more than 3,000 mu (200 hectares) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), since it received fields from the emperor of every dynasty. Confucius Forest has a bounding wall of 7km in length with more than 10,000 graves in it. The graves spread all over the ground in Confucius Forest, and the stone tablets stand in great numbers. The forest is China's largest and oldest clan cemetery. There are also several other famous historic sites.

The Confucian Forest is in the northwest of the graveyard for the Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770-256BC). A monument established in the eighth year of the Zhengtong reign in the Ming Dynasty (1644-1911) stands in front of the tomb, the tomb which is to the east is Kong Li , Confucius's son's tomb, and to the south is the tomb of Kong Ji, Confucius's grandson. This layout of graveyard was called carrying the son and holding the grandson in ancient times. Nearby, there is Zigong's (a student of Confucius) house for guarding the tomb. It is recorded in Shi Ji (The Records of the Great Historian) that after the death of Confucius, his disciples all built houses to guard the tomb, and mourned for three the sacred way of Confucius Forestyears. Zigong mourned for another three years due to his deep mourning for Confucius. In the Ming Dynasty, the three houses were rebuilt, and a monument was set to commemorate it. There is a Chinese pistache in front of the Kai Pavilion, which is said to be planted by Zigong .

Furthermore, Confucian Forest of a famous litterateur Kong Shangren in the Qing Dynasty, the tomb of Emperor Qianlong's daughter Yu Shi, and so on are all the famous historic sites in Confucius Forest. In Confucius Forest, the old trees reach the sky, with dense branches and leaves keeping out the sunlight around the year.


Confucius Forest Tour

According to statistics, there are dozens of kinds of rare old trees, such as Chinese pistache, cypress, Chinese juniper, and oak, amounting to more than 20,000 trees in Confucian Forest. During the tour, tourists will feel very comfortable due to the good environment.


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