National Museum of China
A statue of Confucius was unveiled to the public on Tuesday in Beijing. The giant statue is erected in the north square of the National Museum of China. The statue measures 9.5 meters in height. It was created by famed sculptor Wu Weishan, who has produced many statues of Confucius in a variety of gestures and facial expressions over the years. This time around Wu hopes his elaborately created piece can serve as the name card of Chinese culture, and echo the theme of grandeur and the spirit of China along with the National Museum.
Confucius (/kənˈfjuːʃəs/; 551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during theHundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of theLegalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chuafter the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism. Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself.Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects, but only many years after his death. Confucius's principles had a basis in common Chinese tradition and belief. He championed strong family loyalty, ancestor worship, respect of elders by their children and of husbands by their wives. He also recommended family as a basis for ideal government. He espoused the well-known principle "Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself", an early version of the Golden Rule.