Confucious (or Kong in Chinese) has been dead for 2,500 years but his family just keeps growing and growing - Confucius, or more properly his descendants, are alive and well and flourishing in China and across the globe, according to the latest version of his family tree.
The job of registering new members to the family tree of revered Chinese thinker and educator Confucius (551-479 BC), was finished by the end of 2007, and the number in the updated tree now stands at more than two million. Confucius' family tree is regarded as the world's longest, recording more than 80 generations.
The family tree will be published in 2009, according to the Confucius Genealogy Compilation Committee.
Details may be found at http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2008-02/16/content_6460522.htm.
The Confucious (Kong) Family web site (in Simplified Chinese) may be found at http://www.kong.org.cn.