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5 Days Tianjin to Qingdao Tour with Mount Tai Hiking

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If you are looking for inspiration for your second or third trip to China, or planning a leisure resort in a coastal city with beautiful beaches and sea, or happen to have a couple of days during your international cruise at Tianjin Port, a Tianjin Qingdao tour is strongly recommended for you. Both Tianjin and Qingdao have beautiful coastal lines, clean streets, featured food, gorgeous architecture, unique culture, etc. Both two cities had been colonized by the European powers, remaining many historical buildings and relics, which make them the best places in China to explore how the West meets and fuses with the East. It’s highly recommended to plan one more day to hike Mount Tai which is convenient along the high speed rail between Tianjin and Qingdao. This mountain is the most sacred mountain in China as well as World Heritage Site.

Highlights of this tour

  • Tianjin: interesting riding on the ferris wheel of Tianjin Eye, visiting the China House which was decorated entirely by pieces of ancient Chinese porcelains, appreciating architecture of different countries;
  • Qingdao: exploring local beer culture, enjoying seascape, walking on golden beaches and strolling among historical buildings;
  • Mount Tai: hiking along the legendary Imperial Road to the top of Mount Tai for a splendid panoramic view.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Tianjin / Mount Tai / Qingdao
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Night
Tour Code:
CD-TJQDT-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Pick Up & Tianjin City Tour

According to your schedule, our local guide will pick up you at the Tianjin International Cruise Port, airport or railway station, then set out for today's sightseeing - Tianjin Eye, Shi Family Mansion, Italian Town, Tianjin Ancient Culture Street.

Start with a relaxing visit to the Tianjin Eye which is a 120-meter tall giant ferris wheel built over the Haihe River. Not being as famous as the London Eye, but it is the only ferris wheel in the world built on a bridge, providing an interesting 30-minute ride in an air-conditioned car encircling the wheel. The wheel is lit with colorful LEDs that reflect onto the river below in night either. Leaving the Tianjin Eye, drive about 30mins out the downtown area to visit the Shi Family Mansion, which is a large and well-kept civil residence made up of 12 ancient-style quadrangle courtyards on both sides of a 60-meter-long road and a few additional elegant pavilions, pools and gardens. The architectural style and all the decorations fully represent the folk culture and custom of the late Qing Dynasty (1840-1912) and show the rise and fall of the 200-year-long history of the Shi Family in Yangliuqing, one of the richest families in old Tianjin. Now it serves as the folk custom museum in Yangliuqing which has a large collection of folk arts like Yangliuqing New Year paintings, brick sculpture, etc.

After the Shi Family Mansion visit, drive back to downtown to enjoy an Italian lunch at the famous Italy Style Town. Wander around the Italy Town for a while after lunch. Later, move to Tianjin Ancient Culture Street, where you can enjoy the special architectural styles, take folk crafts, and taste the delicious local snacks. Don’t miss Yangliuqing painting gallery and painted clay sculpture of Clay Figure Zhang and Tianhou Palace in the middle of the Ancient Culture Street.

Recommended night activities on your own: 1) take a night cruise along the Haihe River to enjoy glamerous nightscape of Tianjin with all buildings on both banks of the river are colorfully lit (available during 19:30-20:30 of April-Nov); 2) enjoy a leisure night stroll around Tianjin Haihe Cultural Square.

Tianjin Eye Tianjin Ancient Culture Street Porcelain House
Day 2 Tianjin & High Speed Train to Tai'an (B, L)

After breakfast, our tour guide will pick you up at your hotel. Set out for today's sightseeing - Porcelain House, Five Avenues, St Joseph Catheral, Jingyuan Garden.

Starts sightseeing from the Porcelain House (China House) which is the most eye-catching building in Tianjin. It is a private museum decorated with about 400 million pieces of ancient Chinese ceramic chips and over 13,000 ancient Chinese porcelain vases, plates and bowls. Inside the house, you can see many art works of paitings made by porcelain pieces and decorated on the walls and ceilings. Later, move on to the Five Great Avenues (Wudadao Area), including Chengdu Dao, Munan Dao, Machang Dao, Dali Dao and Chongqing Dao. Taking a carriage or walking along the streets, you can see over 2,000 beautiful examples of Italian, German, French, Spanish and British architecture with different style mixed in with old Chinese villas that showcase the modern history of China. The next place to go is St Joseph Catheral which was a very well preserved Catholic Church built by the French during colonial period. It is one of the oldest Catholic churches in China, and a nice place to stop by. The artwork inside the building is really grand and beautiful. Catholics and Christians go to on Sunday mornings to celebrate the Holy Mass. the service is in English at 11:30 every Sunday. The last place to visit for today is Jingyuan Garden. It is a Spanish-styled villa as the former residence of the Last Emperor of China - Puyi. Strolling around the villa, you will get a glimpse into the life of 'The Last Emperor'. You can do a little research about the Puyi beforehand. We would recommend the film 'The Last Emperor'.

After the tour, be transferred to catch your high speed train to Tai'an where the majestic Mount Tai sits. You will arrive at Tai'an after about 1.5 hours' train ride, then check in to your hotel in downtown.

Jingyuan Garden (the Garden of Serenity) Five Avenues (Wu Da Dao)
Day 3 Mount Tai Hiking & High Speed Train to Qingdao (B, L)

After breakfast, meet your guide and driver in your hotel and drive about 30 minutes to Mount Tai (1524m). Mount Tai is the holiest of all mountains in China. Because of its history, majesty and stunning scenery, it was listed as World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site (the first one of its category) in 1987, and was announced to be a World Geopark later in 2006. Mount Tai has been a significant place of worship for over 3000 years. It was regarded by the ancients as the heaven of "direct access to the throne". From Shihuang Emperor of Qin Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty, there were 13 emperors came to Mount Tai to offer sacrifices. The great sage Confucius once hiked the mountain and claimed “the world is small”.

You will arrive at the Tourist Center first, then shift on to a sightseeing bus (about 30mins) and head along a zigzag but stunning road to the halfway point of the Mount Tai – Zhongtianmen (Middle Heaven Gate 800m). The hiking trail starts from here to Nantianmen (South Heaven Gate), which is the most highlighting part of Mount Tai hiking with more than 6000 uprising steps The steep trails demand much energy and time. You can lower your pace with stops to visit the ancient temples, historical relics, spectacular pine trees and stone inscription of different times. Finally, you will get to Nantianmen (South Heaven Gate 1460m), which means you have already put your steps on the top of Mount Tai. It’s time to slow down your steps to explore the essence of Mount Tai. You can wander leisurely on the Heavenly Street, worship in the Jade Emperor Hall which has a centuries old altar used for worshiping ceremony, appreciate rock inscription of Chinese calligraphy, look out over the peaks, enjoy the sea of clouds, etc.

After about 2 hours’ exploration on Mount Tai, you will descend the mountain by a cable car. Take the sightseeing bus back to the tourist center. Your driver is ready to escort you to catch your high speed train to Qingdao (about 3hrs). Be picked up by local tour guide at railway station, then go to check in to your hotel in Qingdao downtown.

Beautiful Mount Tai in Bright Days Mount Tai Cable Car Hiking Trail to Nantianmen of Mount Tai
Day 4 Qingdao Laoshan Mount Tour (B)

After the breakfast, you will go to take an interesting visit to 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. Before leaving, you will take a fresh sip of 2 glasses of Qingdao beer in the museum.

After the special beer experience, drive about 1.5 hour to beautiful Laoshan Mountain, which is known as the Most Famous Mountain on the Sea. This trip focus on Taiqing Scenic Area - the highlight of Laoshan Mountain today. As you arrive, a big statue of Laozi - the founder of Taoism will come into your eyes. Your sightseeing journey starts with a nice hike from Bashui River to Longtan Waterfall. Bashui River is named after the eight streams converging into the river and Longtan Waterfall is one of the streams. During your hike, you can get an enjoyable view of the waterfalls, peaks, rocks, various plants as well as the Yellow Sea from different perspectives. Then, you will continue your hike to Shangqing Palace and Mingxia Cave which are two featured Taoist Temples. In Mingxia Cave, you will get a breathtaking view of the mountain and sea from above. After the amazing sightseeing trip, you will take a cable car down to Taiqing Palace, the largest Taoist temple and the Taoism communication center in Qingdao. There are many Taoist buildings and statues in this temple delivering a cultural savory of Taoism.

After Laoshan Mountain exploration, drive back to your hotel in Qingdao.

Lao Mountain Scenic Area A Taste of Qingdao Beer in Qingdao Beer Museum
Day 5 Qingdao Half-day Tour & Departure (B, L)

After breakfast in your hotel, you will first visit Badaguan Scenic Resort (also called Eight Passes Scenic Resort) which is named after 8 important military fortresses in China's history. In fact, it is not a resort and there are no passes here. It is a pretty neighborhood with about 200 old buildings in over 20 different countries’ styles, including German, Russian, French, American, Danish, Greek, Spanish, Swiss, Japanese... Take a nice stroll in the scenic streets and get some great shots. The landscape of Badaguan becomes most marvelous in spring when lots of flowers are in full blossom and in autumn when the leaves present a stunning mixed hue of yellow, orange, red, etc. To fully appreciate the buildings, you can walk into the Princess House, Butterfly House, Spanish Villa and Huashi House (optional).

Then you will visit Qingdao No.2 Bathing Beach, just near Badaguan Scenic Resort. In spite of its small scale, it enjoys a peaceful environment and gorgeous scenery. After that, take a short visit 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.

Lastly, you will be transferred to Qingdao airport or train station to catch your flight/train to next destination. Tour ends!

Spectacular Landscape of No.2 Bathing Beach Pricess House in Badaguan Scenic Resort

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