The most popular route in Shandong to explore the culture and history around Jinan city. You will enjoy beautiful scenery at Daming Lake, Baotu Spring Park, Taishan Mountain,as well as experience Confucian culture at Confucius' hometown - Qufu.By this 5-Day Shandong Package Tour,you will get both the cultural and natural essence of this area.
Duration: 5 Days 4 Nights
Mt.Taishan, Jinan, Qufu
Jinan airport, Jinan train station
Qufu airport, Qufu train station
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Day 1 Arrive in Jinan
Day 2 Jinan: Daming Lake, Baotu Spring Park
Day 3 Jinan-Tai'an: Jinan to Tai'an by private vehicle, Mt.Taishan, Dai Temple
Day 4 Mt.Taishan to Qufu by train: Confucius Temple, Cemetery of Confucius, Confucius Family Mansion
Day 5 Qufu Departure
Upon on your arrival in Jinan, our local guide will meet you at the exit of airport or train station with a welcome sign "China Private Tour". Transfer to your hotel in Jinan for check-in and the rest day is free on your own to explore Jinan city or rest in your hotel.
After breakfast, our guide will pick you up from your hotel at appointed time and take you to visit the highlights of Jinan city. The first stop is Daming Lake, it is one of the three most famous scenic spots in Jinan. It’s a rare natural lake in the very center of the bustling city. The lake enjoys a reputation as “the pearl of the spring city.”
Daming Lake is a natural lake formed by springs’ converging. The spring water comes in from south and comes out by north when it’s full. Because the bottom of the lake is made up of watertight volcanic rock, the lake can remain a relatively stable water level all year round.
Lunch is arranged at a local restaurant with authentic Jinan food.
In the afternoon, you will visit Baotu Spring Park. It is situated in the city of Jinan. You can feel the healing power of ancient hot springs at Baotu Spring Park. Already documented in a core 8th-century BCE Chinese chronicle, the springs have been a source of admiration and a pilgrimage spot for millennia. Enjoy gardens, willow trees, and koi ponds in the park, spanning 10.5 hectares (26 acres), and have cup of tea at the house overlooking the springs.
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel.
After breakfast, drive you to Tai'an city to visit Mt.Taishan(about 1.5 hours). Being one of the most famous mountains in China, Mt. Taishan boasts profound Taoist and Buddhist cultural relics, remainders of its sacred history.
The mountain also has an enchanting natural landscape. We will take the eco-bus to the Mid-Heaven Gate (Zhongtianmen), and then board the cable car to the South Heaven Gate (Nantianmen). When you get off, trek for about 30 minutes along the paved stairway to the summit. On a good day, you can witness the amazing sea of clouds.
A simple lunch is served inside the scenic area to replenish your energy. Afterwards, reverse the route back to the mountain foot, and make an extended trip to the Dai Temple to admire the elaborate Taoist architecture.
After dinner, you will be taken to your hotel in Taishan Area.
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and transfer to train station for the train to Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius. It takes around 50 minutes for one way.
Upon on arrival, drive you to visit the Confucius Temple. It is the first temple in the world to enshrine Confucius and is estimated to date back to 478 AD. Resting upon what was Confucius's residence before, the temple spans about 50 acres, second to the Forbidden City.
After lunch, pay a visit for Cemetery of Confucius, has served as the family graveyard of Confucius and his descendants for more than two thousand years. So you may find the strong Confucianism atmosphere when you do sightseeing here. China uninterrupted continuity across generations is most simply and vividly represented in this cemetery of the country's most revered thinker.
And then, move on to Confucius Family Mansion. The mansion is where his first son and the first grandson lived. In scope, it is next only to the royal palaces of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. Dynasties came and went but the First Family under Heaven has lasted the longest. Covering 39 acres, the mansion grounds house 463 buildings
After dinner, you will be taken back to your hotel in Qufu.
Free on your own until our driver pick you up from your hotel and drive you to airport for your next dstination or fly back home. Your 5 Days Scenic and Confucius tour comes to end. Have a pleasent trip!
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