Our mission was to visit Taishan and Qufu. At Taishan, as well as enjoying wonderful views on the mountain, we visited a Taoist Temple where our guide said a prayer on behalf of his mother. In Qufu the whole town honours Confucius, especially as it brings in the tourists.

We feel like pilgrims learning about China’s history and culture. As we now head to Shanghai at 300kms per hour we have much to reflect on, including the kindness of people we meet.

Kevin, our guide, pointing out where we were going yesterday morning.