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Temple of Confucius undergoes major renovation

Image Credit: gbtimes.com
Image Credit: gbtimes.com

For the first time in a century, the Temple of Confucius in Qufu is undergoing a full-scale renovation. Since 1994, the Temple has been on the World Heritage List of the UNESCO. It covers an area of 16,000 square metres and has a total of 460 rooms. Visitors (approximately 10 million each year) of the vast Temple gain an insight into the life of the ancient Chinese philosopher and his role in Chinese culture.

The renovation of the Temple is a decision made by the ruling Communist Party to restore the legacy of Confucius. Restoration work was launched by the Qufu Confucius Ancient Building Engineering Management Office on July 18, 2015 and is expected to take three to five years with government funding of USD 48 million (300 million yuan).

Click on the video below for a virtual tour of The Temple of Confucius including the Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu.

Further reading:
Temple of Confucius Gets First Facelift in Century

China offers USD 17 million for Kenya projects

Image Credit: Wantchinatimes.com
Image Credit: Wantchinatimes.com

An agreement has been signed by China and Kenya to finance three projects in Kenya, including the construction of the largest Confucius Institute in Africa in addition to the repatriation of Somali refugees.

The Confucius Institute will be hosted at the University of Nairobi and will “be an importance center for the dissemination of Chinese culture in Kenya and Africa,” Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury, Henry Rotich, said during the signing ceremony.

“Chinese financial support is a strong indication of the cordial bilateral relations between the two countries,” he said, adding that the growing status of China has made it essential for understanding Chinese culture (1).

The grant will also be used for humanitarian support of Somali refugees during the resettlement back to Somalia.

Further Reading
Kenya receives US$17m Chinese grant for Africa’s largest Confucius Institute

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