Shandong 9-day Tour

Follow this tour for a visit through some of Shandong’s most notable towns and attractions including the garden city of Jinan, home to beautiful springs, Mount Tai, known as the most revered of the Five Famous Mountains, the hometown of Confucius, Qufu and more.

You can book this specific itinerary, opt to visit only certain locations or ask for an entirely customized trip. Feel free to add as much free time to explore on your own as you’d like.

Day 1 Jinan
Schedule:

Airport pick-up and hotel check-in. After check-in, you will have some free time to explore the surrounding area.

Meal Arrangement:

None

Hotel: Local 3-star hotel or boutique hotel
Transportation: Car
Day 2 Jinan
Schedule:

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).

Meal Arrangement:

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Local 3-star hotel or boutique hotel
Transportation: Car
Day 3 Mount Tai
Schedule:

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 Tablet,” 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 Qufu.

Meal Arrangement:

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Local 3-star hotel or boutique hotel
Transportation: Car
Day 4 Qufu
Schedule:

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.

Meal Arrangement:

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Local 3-star hotel or boutique hotel
Transportation: Car
Day 5 Yantai
Schedule:

After breakfast, visit the legendary site from the tale of “Eight Immortals Crossing the Sea.” It is said this is the location in which the Eight Immortals displayed the depth of their powers by creating their own paths allowing them to walk across the water. Visit the “Immortals Gathering Pavilion,” “Hope Building” and the “Eight Immortals Temple”. You also can take a yacht ride to see the Penglai Pavilion in the middle of the sea and the boundary between Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea.
The next stop is Shandong Geology and Mineral Museum. After this, we will take you to Yantai and drive by the new development area known as “Binhai Avenue” and “Moon Bay.” Afterwards, visit Yantai Haiyan Building, then go to the “Garden City” Weihai, known as the most livable city.

Meal Arrangement:

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Local 3-star hotel or boutique hotel
Transportation: Car
Day 6 Weihai
Schedule:

Visit the Northern Navy Base, historically the largest fleet in Asia and the main battlefield of the Sino-Japanese War. Visit the iconic landscape of the Northern Navy Flagship, Dingyuan Ship at Weihai Bay. Another nearby battleship, Liugongdao, is said to be unsinkable. After visiting the Liugongdao Expo Court which has a long history and rich culture, and the Sino-Japanese War Museum of the patriotism education bases, you will be leaving for Qingdao.

Hotel check-in.

Meal Arrangement:

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Local 3-star hotel or boutique hotel
Transportation: Car
Day 7 Qingdao
Schedule:

Enjoy a tour of the beautiful city of Qingdao; see the century mark in Qingdao Pier and the natural beauty of “Small Qingdao.” Be sure to visit the most monumental sculpture exhibition in the country, “The Wind in May,” in the center of the city’s business district, May Fourth Square. Take the yacht to see the Qingdao Gold Coast comprised of eight competition sports venues and ten other Olympic Sailing spots. Visit “Signal Hill” also called the “Hanging Garden of Babylon,” see the Qingdao Beer Museum, containing a precious collection of ancient and modern design, and tour the only sea park actually located under the sea, Qingdao Underwater World. You can watch the divers swim with sharks and attend other exciting shows.

Meal Arrangement:

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Local 3-star hotel or boutique hotel
Transportation: Car
Day 8 Mount Lao
Schedule:

After breakfast, visit Mount Lao, notably the only mountain peak near the coastline reaching more than 3,000 feet into the air and known as “The First Mountain of the East Sea Line.” On your trip, see two spectacular pictographs carved into stone, the “Stone Man” and the “Stone Frog” and one of the two famous waterfalls in the area, Longtan waterfall. Afterwards, head to the “Stone Chessboard Scenic Area,” home to 10 famous tourist attractions, including the largest temple in Mount Lao—“Huayan Temple.” While you’re there, also visit “Yangkou Scenic Area,” “Taiqing Palace” and then take the aerial cable car from Mount Lao to overlook the sea.

Meal Arrangement:

Including breakfast, lunch and dinner

Hotel: Local 3-star hotel or boutique hotel
Transportation: Car
Day 9 Qingdao
Schedule:

After breakfast, the driver will drive you to the airport, and Shandong will see you next time!

Meal Arrangement:

None

Hotel: None
Transportation: Car