Ancient City of the Lu State

The Ancient City of Lu State is located in Qufu City and its surrounding areas.As the capital of the Lu State, the city served as a capital for the longest period among capitals of various states in Zhou Dynasty. During early Western Zhou Dynasty, King Wu enfeoffed the Lu State to Duke Zhou, known as Duke Lu. The son of Duke Zhou set up a capital there during King Cheng’s reign. The city remained the capital till the end of the Lu State, lasting 34 generations for 873 years.

The city remained the enfeoffment of the Lu State during the Han Dynasty for over 300 years .Eight large-scale renovations were carried out in the city through the Western Zhou to the Han Dynasty, and later became the seat of a county government. In Song Dynasty, the seat of the government was moved to Shouqiu, and then the city was gradually abandoned. In 1940, Japanese carried out a small-scale survey and excavation on the site. During 1977-1978,
Shandong provincial museum conducted comprehensive excavations at the site and revealed the layout of the city.
The Ancient City of the Lu Kingdom (luguo gucheng)  The Ancient City of the Lu Kingdom (luguo gucheng)

With a perimeter of 11.9 kilometers, the ancient city wall is 3.7 kilometers stretching from east to west, and 2.7 kilometers wide from south to north. Surrounded by a moat, the city had 3 gates open on the east, west and north walls respectively, and 2 gates open in the south wall. The gates were 7-15 meters wide. The present Qufu City is located in the southwest corner of the Ancient City of Lu State, accounting for 1/7 of the total area of the ancient city.

Built in the southwest corner of the ancient city, the inner city occupied 1/4 of the total area of the big city. In the center of the inner city was a highland where stood the palace and the royal ancestral temple. The Duke Zhou Temple built in the Song Dynasty still exists today. Official bureaus, markets and residences were scattered around the highland..

Workshops for smelting copper and iron and making bone and pottery wares were densely distributed in the north and west of the city. A burial ground was also discovered in the west part of the city. Over 100 tombs of the Zhou Dynasty were unearthed, together with wares made of bronze, pottery, bone, and mussel. These burial objects, with the common features of the Shang and Zhou cultures, proved that the Lu culture integrated with the two cultures.

Rich cultural relics were unearthed in the city site. Over 36 sites have been recognized as key protection areas that provide valuable data for the historical study of the Zhou Dynasty.

Location: East Kuiquan Road, Qufu.
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00
Entrance Fee: Free
Transportation: Take Bus No.5.

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