Yi Zhou Fu Assembly Hall
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... remains the main Confucius temple. It houses many relics and an alter and statue to Confucius. While Confucius is not worshipped as a god he is revered as the greatest teacher of China.
After visiting the temple we went to the Confucius mansion. Confucius never lived here but his family generations after him did. The mansion is a set up of many different buildings and walkways that lead ...
... were buried with the emperor with the purpose of protecting him in his afterlife.
The largest collection can be seen in Xian, a large city in northwest China, which is home to the Terracotta Army of the first emperor of China (Qin Dynasty). This is a popular tourist destination and I have been told is extremely busy. Today we went to Xuzhou, a large city north of Nanjing, which houses the terracotta warriors of the Han Dynasty.
We caught ...
Will and I caught the train to Qufu after work yesterday as today is the May Day Holiday.
Qufu is in the north, near Jinan where we were last holiday, and is the birth and burial place of Confucius and his descendants. All the buildings are low rise here as it is considered sacrilegious to build them higher than the temple.
We went to the Kong family temple and mansion today, and then ...
... through security and into what can only be described as a holding pen. I guess this is to be expected for the main train station in a city of over 8 million - see photo of our departure lounge of which there are 15(!!!) in the station. While it's not something any of us with to remember for the rest of our lives mention should be made of what can only be described as the most unbelievable toilets in existence. No doubt many of you have you own stories of this nature ...
... and hard bed carriages. It transpires that we will be in the hard beds. Easy! No doubt you will await that story with interest.
A few more statistics to put into context the size of this place. To date we have stayed in 3 cities. Their combined populations are 20.6 million and this equates to only 14% of the total population.
That's all for this entry. It's midnight and the case of fine Red Wine is calling.
See you tomorrow ...