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Cultural Festival Opens to Commemorate Confucius

JINAN, September 26-- The International Confucius Cultural Festival opened Wednesday in Qufu, Confucius' birthplace in east China's Shandong Province.

Tours of Confucius' hometown and the Confucius Temple, a concert of ancient Chinese music, a photo show and a trade fair will be held during the festival, which runs from September 26 to October 10.

At the opening ceremony, a grand musical and dance performance was staged.

Confucius (551 B.C.- 479 B.C.) is regarded as a great thinker and educator in Chinese history. Confucianism, the school of thought that developed from his ideas, has had a tremendous influence on China's political, cultural and social environment for thousands of years.

-- source: Xinhua News Agency

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