501. Laozi and Confucius, China’s great philosopher- teachers, are active and meet in China. According to tradition Confucius (551–470 B.C.E.) taught a band of disciples for many years until he died in his 70th year. Laozi, the central figure in early Daoist thought, is a much vaguer figure than Confucius. Laozi may be a compilation of several legends, including those concerning one called Lao Dan. The story was more or less fixed by 100 B.C.E. According to Daoist and Confucian tradition Confucius sought a meeting with Laozi to ask his opinion concerning mourning rites.