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6 Days Best of Shandong Tour

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Jinan and Qingdao are the most popular destinations in Shandong province which offer great contrasts. From the Mount Tai to the seashore of Qingdao, from the birthplace of Confucius to the modern Olympic Sailing Venue, you will enjoy the best of Shandong.

Highlights of this tour

  • Explore the culture & history of Confucianism in the birthplace of Confucius - Qufu;
  • Taste the famous Tsingtao Beer and learn more about its history;
  • Climb Mount Tai, the foremost of the Five Great Mountains of China;
  • Enjoy the best natural beauty, the mountains, springs and seasides of Shandong province;
  • Experience fast high speed train from Qufu to Qingdao.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Jinan / Mount Tai / Qufu / Qingdao
Travel Length:
6 Days & 5 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-JNQDT-06
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureMountaineeringPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Jinan Arrival

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Welcome to Jinan, the city of springs! Upon arrival, your tour guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel in Jinan.

After a little bit rest and fresh up, head to visit Baotu Spring Park, where Baotu Spring, the best spring under the heaven, is. There are many clear and crystal spring pools and magnificent pavilions in the park, which make it a fairyland in the city center.

Later, you will move on the Daming Lake Park, relaxing yourself with the picturesque scenery. As the biggest lake in Jinan, it offers you the beautiful views of pavilions, buildings in willows and shades and lotus full of ponds.

Baotu Spring Park
Day 2 Jinan to Mount Tai (B)

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In the morning, drive 1 hour to Tai’an. You will first visit the famous Dai Temple, the largest and most completed ancient building of Mount Tai, where ancient emperors always held sacrificial ceremonies.

After lunch, start to climb Mt. Taishan, the leader of the Five Sacred Mountains in China. Take the private car to the Halfway Gate to the Heaven. Then, you could have 1.5 hours’ hike to the top of the Mt. Taishan (if physical condition limits, you could take cable car to South Gate to the Heaven). On the top, visit South Heavenly Gate, Heavenly Street, Jade Emperor Peak, Inscription on the Cliff, Sun Rising Peak and more.

Afterwards, take cable car to get down from the mountain.

Stay overnight in Tai’an.

Dai TempleMount Tai
Day 3 Mount Tai to Qufu (B, L)

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After breakfast, you’ll transfer to Qufu, and have a day tour in the birthplace of Confucius. The highlight of today is to visit “San Kong”, the name given collectively to the three main sites of Confucius: the Confucian Temple, The Confucian Mansion and the Confucian Cemetery. You will get a full understanding about the life of Confucius, as well as the Confucian culture.

Stay overnight at a local hotel in Qufu.

Confucian Temple
Day 4 Qufu to Qingdao by high speed train (B)

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In the morning, you’ll head to Qufu East Train Station to catch the 3.5-hour G train to Qingdao. Upon arrival, the local guide will meet you at train station and escort you to the hotel. Your guide will help you check in. Have a break in your hotel.

In this afternoon, you will visit the Tsingtao Brewery Museum, where you can watch the exhibition of the complete process of making the beer and taste the freshly brewed beer. Since Qingdao is famous for the Tsingtao Brewery, you will have a better understanding about the beer and the city after today’s visit.

(Qingdao International Beer Festival: It is held once a year on the second weekend of the August, and lasts for 16 days. You can enjoy the “Beer Carnival” games, beer tasting, drinking contests, music, food, and interactive performances.)

Tsingtao Brewery Museum
Day 5 Qingdao (B, L)

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After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you will have a city exploration in Qingdao city. The first stop is to Zhanqiao Pier, a symbol of Qingdao city. It was built in 1891 as a naval pier, and now is a famous landmark in the Qingdao Bay.

Then followed a trip to Little Qingdao Isle, whose shape is like an ancient violin, is also called “Violin Isle”. Waterside pavilions, red reefs with blue waves, white tower with green trees and an arbor makes the island as the heaven created a beautiful picture. 

Later, you will have a walk in the Badaguan Scenic Resort. It is a great place to embrace Qingdao which is well known for the old villas of different architecture styles. If you miss the Badaguan when visiting Qingdao, it means you haven’t fully seen Qingdao.

The last activity today is to visit Qingdao No.1 Bathing Beach, the biggest one in Qingdao.

No.1 Bathing BeachZhanqiao Pier
Day 6 Qingdao Departure (B)

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In the morning, you will have a walk along the coastline of Qingdao City to May Fourth Square and the 2008 Olympics Sailing Center.

After that, transfer to Qingdao airport or train station to take the flight/train to your next destination or back to home. Service ends!

May Fourth Square

Recommended Add-on Options

+3 more days to explore the imperial city of China - Beijing

Beijing, the 'forbidden' city, now is open to the world!

As the capital city of China for more than eight-hundred years, Beijing possesses rich cultural deposits of China. You will need at least 3 days to explore its best highlights. Here is the plan - Day 1 is for you to visit the imperial historical sites, including Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace; Day 2 is to hike the magnificent Great Wall while Day 3 is for you to have a half-day visiting of the Temple of Heaven,local Hutongs, and depart from the city.

the Forbidden City Overall View
+ 2 more days to visit the Paris of the East - Shanghai

Shanghai, regarded as the Oriental Paris, is the best place to see East-meet-West Culture, find hidden tradition within modernity.

Generally speaking, you can spend Day 1 exploring the popular landmarks of Shanghai, such as the Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road,  the Bund, and Shanghai World Financial Center Tower. The Day 2 is for you to explore deep into the city of Shanghai (such as Old French Concession, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center or Jade Buddha Temple) and departure.

The Bund: Famous 'Museum of Architecture'

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