The Cradle of Confucius
Trip Start Jun 03, 2006
132Trip End Jun 03, 2009
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It is here that I really feel like an outsider. It is not that I'm am forced out or closed off from the importance of Confucius. I'd even like to think it's not my ignorance. It's simply that what this man and his system of thinking and social organisation represents is so deep in this society that it is beyond anything that I can relate to
Maybe, one day I will have a better feeling for the significance of Confucius, but right now, my only solace is that nobody really followed or believed in him until about one hundred years after his death. It obviously takes time!
That said, Qufu itself is a nice enough place to visit for 24 hours anyway, with plenty of good value accommodation inside and outside the newly reconstructed old city walls and - as always - some interesting street food on offer. Duck soup and mutton and jiu cai dumplings were on the menu for lunch. I'd never heard of jiu cai before, and be warned, because although it's pretty tasty it has side effects necessitating urgent lavatory action in some people's stomachs - fortunately not mine. I wonder how Confucius got on with the stuff?