China’s Spring and Autumn Period – Part 1/3

The Zhou Dynasty (1126 – 222 B.C.) was still around when China’s Spring and Autumn Period arrived, but the Zhou king had lost his power to the nobles who often fought wars with each other.

The Spring and Autumn Period of the Zhou Dynasty took place from 770 to 476 B.C.

During this time, Confucius lived in Qufu, in Southwest Shandong Province, which was once the capital of the Lu Kingdom.

There were 150 kingdoms competing with each other. Constant warfare meant chaos and anarchy.

However, during the 5th and 6th centuries there was a period of learning around the world.  In Greece, there was Pythagoras, Sakyamuni (Buddhism) Nepal, and Confucianism was established in Qufu, China.

Today, Qufu’s ancient city opens each weekend with a large ceremony before tourists are allowed to visit.

Confucius home is inside the ancient city walls. Two years after Confucius died, the king of Lu turned his home into a temple to honor the sage.

To continue honoring Confucius, emperors of the Han, Sung, Ming and Qing Dynasties had more buildings built on the site of the original temple.

Sacrificial ceremonies have been held there for more than two thousand years.

See Emperor Wu of Zhou Dynasty


Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too. 

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One Response to China’s Spring and Autumn Period – Part 1/3

  1. […] China’s Spring and Autumn period started about the time of the Zhou Dynasty between BC 1126 – 226. During this period, Confucius lived in Qufu, in Southwestern Shandong Province, and Sun Tzu wrote “The Art of War,” a book still studied today by the West Point cadets and the CEOs of many global corporations. History records that Buddhism first arrived in China near the end of this period more than two hundred years before the birth of Jesus Christ. […]

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