China to build 'cultural city' to revive traditional values

China plans to spend billions of dollars to build a cultural symbolic city in its eastern province of Shandong, home to ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius, to revive traditional cultural values including Confucianism.

China to build 'cultural city' to revive traditional values
Jiang Daming, governor of Shandong, announced at a news conference on Saturday in Beijing that the "Chinese Cultural Symbolic City" will be built in the Jiulong Mountain range between the two cities of Qufu and Zoucheng, ancestral homes of Confucius and Mencius.

According to Xinhua, the project's consultation panel will include 30 prominent Chinese artists, sinologists and architects.

The construction will portray traditional values like peace, harmony and ingenuity, which were advocated by some of the country's traditional philosophers namely Confucius.

Confucius, known as 'Master Kong' in China, has deeply influenced Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese thought.

Construction is expected to start before 2010.

Agencies
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