This itinerary is the most essential Confucian cultural tour of Shandong. You are about to experience the beauty of the springs, the stunning views of Mount Tai and the hometown of Confucius. Follow this itinerary to create a trip full of memories to last a lifetime.
Your first stop along the tour is Jinan, famous for its springs and pleasant weather. Towering mountains, bubbling springs, lakes, rivers and the city blend together, creating the perfect mix of attractions. All the natural views make this garden city on of the most unique destinations in northern China.
Next, head to Qufu, known best as the hometown of Confucius. Located within this small town are the Confucius Mansion, Confucius Temple and Cemetery in Qufu, known collectively as “The Three Memorial Edifices of Confucius”. You can experience the rich cultural history of Confucianism in the area in which it thrived.
Finally, you’ll journey to the first and most notable of the Five Famous Mountains—Mount Tai. It has overlapping peaks, the tallest of which is more than 5000 feet, supplemented by pine trees and huge boulders providing a truly majestic sight.
Airport pick-up and hotel check-in. After check-in, you will have some free time to explore the surrounding area.
After breakfast, get ready to enjoy a tour of the “Best Spring of the World,” Baotu Spring (spend around an hour in the park). The next stop is the pearl of Jinan– Daming Lake (spend around an hour in the park) and 30 minutes in the “Springs Plaza”.
After lunch, take a 30 minute tour of “Heihuquan,” and visit Wulongtan, the hometown of famed Chinese general Qin Qiong (tour is roughly 30 minutes).
Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
Visit Qufu in southwestern Shandong (it will take around 2.5 hours by car) to see the famous Confucius Mansion, Confucius Temple and Cemetery, also called “The Three Memorial Edifices of Confucius.”
The Confucius Temple is the world’s largest and oldest Confucian temples. Since first established in 479 B.C., the temple was expanded repeatedly over a period of more than 2,000 years, becoming the large complex that can be seen today. Tour will take about an hour.
The Confucius Mansion, also known as the Kong Family Mansion, is the historical residence of the direct descendants of Confucius. Today, the mansion has been converted into a museum where you can experience the preserved luxury and family atmosphere of this historic home. Tour will take about 45 minutes.
The Cemetery of Confucius, also known as Kong Lin, is the largest family cemetery in the world for Confucius descendants. Confucius himself as well as several thousand of his descendants and disciples are buried within the cemetery. Tour will take about 45 minutes.
Leave Qufu to Taian, hotel check-in.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner
Wake up in the morning and get ready to climb Mount Tai. Take the local shuttle from Tianwaicun to Zhongtianmeng (about 30 minutes), and begin the hike (about 2 to 2.5 hours). You will see the famous “Cloud Bridge” and “The Guest Welcoming Pine” upon your arrival. When you reach the area known as “Nantianmen,” enjoy an hour tour of “The Celestial Street,” named such because many visitors liken its route to ascending a staircase to heaven, “The Rock Carvings,” “Wordless Tabley,” which stands in front of the “Jade Emperor Temple.” Legend says the tablet remained wordless because the emperor who commissioned it was dissatisfied with the planned inscription and chose to leave it blank instead. After the tour, take the aerial cable car to leave Mount Tai.
Trip back to Jinan is about 1.5 hours.
Including breakfast, lunch and dinner
After breakfast, the driver will drive you to the airport, and Shandong will see you next time!