Fitting the Confucius theme of this blog post, I happened to have travelled to his hometown in 山东 province in October. This PKU-organized trip was fantastic and I had an amazing time discovering the 三孔Confucius heritage in 曲阜（qūfù). We visited the Confucius temple孔庙, the astounding family cemetery孔林with more than 3.600 standing tombstones, as well as the family mansion孔府.
After managing to visit all three sites in one day thanks to our wonderfully organized tour guide, we ended our trip with climbing mountain Tai泰山, the number one praying-for-good-grades-holiday-destination and also one of the five famous holy mountains in China.
Short disclaimer: while the reader ought to take the former sentence with a pinch of humour, the pressure of the Chinese education system on its diligent students should of course not be taken lightly and my humourous note is by no means intended to challenge that.
Continuing with the experiences in Confucius’ hometown, the most memorable part was our climb to the top of泰山– mountain Tai which is also known for its sunrise standing for birth and renewal.
Due to its infamous steep 7200 step-long uphill path, visitors are incredibly happy once they reach the mountain top and celebrate their success by completing their journey with worshipping in the Confucius temple, visiting one of the many cultural relics that have previously inspired many philosophers and writers and by having a meal in one of the many restaurants, enjoying the spectacular view from the Jade Emperor Peak.
The special atmosphere on top of mountain Tai has also inspired me to do continue doing my best in furthering my Chinese studies and of course, according to Confucius, review my previously learned knowledge.
Next week’s blog post will be covering Chinese conversation basics and my “getting lost on a class trip experience” at the botanical garden. Stay tuned until next week back on Curious Seikatsu ~ 下次见 [xià cì jiàn]!
In the meantime, don’t forget to have a look at the CS Instagram to the right for getting a preview most recent experiences in Beijing!