JINAN, June 25 (Xinhua) -- A festival designed to teach students about Confucianism kicked off on Wednesday in Qufu, Confucius' birthplace in east China's Shandong Province.
More than 400 people, including teachers and students from Beijing and members of the local tourist trade, attended the opening ceremony.
"We have been taught about the Analects of Confucius from the textbook, and I am very excited to be where Confucius was born," said Liu Gongting, a student from the No. 35 High School of Beijing.
The festival, scheduled to run till September 10, will also feature a week of cultural exchanges between China and Republic of Korea and an English-language summer camp for foreign teenagers.
The event is sponsored by the Qufu City government and organized by the local cultural relics and tourism bureaus.
Initiated in 2006, the annual festival has attracted 300,000 teachers and students from 17 countries and regions.