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From Shanghai, the high-speed train takes you to Qufu in the heart of Shandong, where you visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a private guide. Learn about the great philosopher of ancient China, Confucius, whose system of belief still shapes Chinese culture today. With your private guide, have a full day to explore the Temple of Confucius, Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion, then spend a second day on Mt Tai (Tai Shan), visiting sacred temples and other sites. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodation and some meals.


  • 2 -night private tour of Shandong from Shanghai
  • Hop aboard the world’s fastest bullet train to Qufu
  • Explore the Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Head to the top of Mt Tai by cable car to view South Heaven Gate and Sun Viewing Peak
  • Return to Shanghai or continue to Beijing by bullet train – it’s up to you!
  • Enjoy personalized attention and commentary from your private guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This is a wonderfully flexible private tour for those who want to see Shandong and zoom on to either Shanghai or Beijing.

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: 2-Night Shandong by Bullet Train from Shanghai Including Temple of Confucius

Private Tour: 2-Night Shandong by Bullet Train from Shanghai Including Temple of Confucius

Your 2-night tour to Shandong makes it easy to visit this province of historical and spiritual significance. An expert guide shows you the sights, and handles the logistics of transportation and accommodation, with two breakfasts and two lunches included. Start by taking 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.

In Shandong, you'll discover elements of Chinese culture through the eyes of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism. Accompanied by your own private guide, visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Qufu: Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion, along with sacred places at the summit of Mt Tai (Tai Shan).


Customer Reviews

Garrick W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our guides were very friendly and helpful. Touring Confucius Temple, Mansion and family Cemetery was interesting - quite a lot of restoration work has occurred and it's easy to get around. Seeing Confucius tomb was a highlight along with his son and grandson's too. Mt Tai'an was very much a highlight - excellent views with surreal atmosphere. A wonderful day trip. Being able to stand next to the monument depicted on the 5 Yuan note was special. Definitely value for money trip and glad we added this to our overall China excursion.

Glenn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely fantastic. Our guides were knowledgable and took great care of us.

David S

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2015

Six family members all enjoyed the historical sites in Qufu and Taian. We especially liked Annie (sp) our tour guide who was very helpful at explaining the historical significance of the sites. She did everything to make sure we all enjoyed the tour. The sites were amazing and would be enjoyed by anyone interested in Chinese culture. There is a good bit of walking and stair climbing and may be a bit challenging for older folks like me. The hotel Queli is conveniently located near the Confucius Temple and is clean and comfortable. My one problem with the tour was that the six tickets that were purchased for us for the bullet train trip back to Shanghai were for assigned seats scattered around one car. Since the train was filled to capacity we were not able to sit together for the three hour trip to Shanghai. We booked this tour many weeks ago so there was no excuse for making the six of us ride in different places around the car. Since two of our party are children this presented a big problem. We have been on several Viator tours and we certainly didn't think it would be necessary to specify that the six of us wished to be seated together on the train. One benefit of using tour companies is to have knowledgeable professionals anticipate problems. If I had booked the tour on my own I surely would not have taken the trip if I could not get adjacent seats on the train.
David Schneider

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