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Mountain Tai

The Art of 复习 – PKU Week 8

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.

Confucius' Tombstone at the Family Cemetary 孔林
Confucius’ Tombstone at the Family Cemetary 孔林

 

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.

Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.

Confucius

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.

mountain tai
Mountain Tai

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.

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.

Confucius

Cultural Relics on top of mountain Tai
Cultural Relics on Mountain Tai 泰山

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!

Natasha

Hi, I am Natasha from Curious Seikatsu and am creating the content for this website. For some time, I have been passionate about self-taught language learning, living abroad and immersing myself in various cultures and am writing down my experiences for you to read, share and explore. Follow my current journey abroad in China on #curiousseikatsu!

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