Discover elements of Chinese culture through the eyes of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism on this private 2-night tour of Shandong Province. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Qufu along with sacred places at the summit of Mt Tai. Take a high-speed train round-trip from Shanghai or continue to Beijing – it’s your choice – with pickup and drop-off at the train stations by private vehicle. Your tour includes two nights’ accommodation at the Qufu Queli Hotel plus breakfast and lunch.
Day 1: Shanghai – Qufu
Make your way to the Shanghai railway station and ride the bullet train for 3 hours to Qufu aboard the world’s fastest high-speed rail! You will be picked up by private vehicle upon arrival at Qufu East Station and driven approximately 30 minutes to your hotel. After check-in, spend your free evening at your leisure.
Overnight: Qufu Queli Hotel in Qufu
Day 2: Qufu (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide for a 4- to 6-hour private tour of the Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion that make up one amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your first stop is the Temple of Confucius (Confucius Temple), the largest
historical building complex in China. Originally built in 478 BC to
commemorate Confucius, the temple has been reconstructed over the
centuries and today includes 104 buildings dating from the Jin to Qing
dynasties. As you explore the 34-acre (14-hectare) site with your guide,
admire the structures, whose architecture resembles that of Beijing's
Forbidden City. Learn about their symbolic significance, built according
to Confucian philosophy and design, including the complementary hues of
red walls and yellow rooftops.
several courtyards adorned with small gates and surrounded by tall green
pines, just some of the more than 1,250 ancient trees planted here.
Your guide will point out the impressive stelae, Han stone reliefs,
carved pictures and stone dragon carvings.
visit the Kong Family Mansion, located a short distance from the
temple. Kong is the family surname of Confucius, and this landmark is
where many of his male descendants lived and worked. Initially
constructed as a small family house linked to the temple, the mansion
was rebuilt east of the temple in the late 19th century and developed
into an aristocratic residence, of which 152 buildings and 100,000
collections from the Ming and Qing period remain.
lunch before a drive to Confucius Cemetery, located about 1 mile (2 km)
north of Qufu in the Confucian Forest. The family cemetery contains the
tomb of Confucius and the remains of more than 100,000 of his
descendants. After your tour, you’ll have free time to explore some of
the 452 acres (183 hectares) on your own.
Overnight: Qufu Queli Hotel in Qufu
Day 3: Qufu – Tai’an – Shanghai or Beijing (B, L)
breakfast at your hotel before a full-day excursion to Mt Tai, a
mountain of cultural and historical significance. Considered one of the
Five Great Mountains in China, the natural monument has been a Buddhist
and Taoist ceremonial center of worship for 3,000 years due to its
association with birth and renewal.
transferring from Qufu to Tai’an, an approximate 1-hour drive, arrive at
the foot of Mt Tai, located just north of the city. From here, board a
tourist bus with your guide to the halfway point on the mountain, and
complete the journey to the summit by cable car. View Mt Tai’s tallest
peak, Jade Emperor Peak, which reaches 5,029 feet (1,533 meters) above
Your guide will take you to view
the gates, grandiose temples, stone tablets and inscriptions located
between the Taishan Temple and the Azure Clouds Temple. Visit the South
Heaven Gate, situated at the top of some 7,000 stone steps that wind up
the slopes, each offering a different view. Admire Heavenly Street
(Tianjie Street), White Cloud Cave, Gongbei/Tanhai Stone and Sun Viewing
Peak before lunch on the mountain or back in Tai’an.
your tour, your guide will transfer you to Tai'an Station by private vehicle. Here, board the bullet train and either head back to Shanghai or continue on to Beijing (depending on which option you select).