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Confucius (Chinese: 孔夫子; pinyin: Kǒng Fūzǐ), lived from 551 BCE to 479 BCE) and was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher.

His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. These values gained prominence in China over other doctrines during the Han Dynasty(206 BC–220 AD) and have been a cornerstone of Chinese society ever since.

His teachings can be found in the Analects of Confucius (論語), a collection of brief aphoristic fragments, which was compiled many years after his death.

This picture was taken outside the Confucius Temple in Qufu, the master's hometown. Besides the temple complex you can also visit the master's family mansions and gardens and dine on delicious dishes reputedly favoured by the Kong family itself.

Just outside of town is the impressive Confucius Forest, where the great master and many of his descendants lie buried. Pictures of this impressive place, one of my favourites in China, I uploaded earlier.

I used this shot on the cover of the photoalbum of our latest China trip. Only later did I spot that fly on one of the fans...

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