Shandong Qufu Confucius Temple

Shandong Culture Tour

Suggested Itinerary
Day 1: Flight to Jinan

The guide will welcome you at the airport on time and pick you up to the hotel.
Daming Lake is located at No.217 Minghu Rd., downtown of northern part of Jinan City. With weeping willows, flowers and trees cover banks, Daming Lake has been full of lotuses ever since ancient times. The beauty of the lake is best manifested in the following verse, "With four sides of lotus with three willows, the lake landscape represents half beauty of the city".
Baotu Spring Park is located at the middle part of Luoyuan Rd.and S.Baotu R., the downtown of Jinan City.Baotu Spring, the best one among the famous 72 springs in Jinan enjoys the reputation of" the first spring under the heaven". With clear and crystal spring pools and resplendent and magnificent pavilions, the Baotu Spring Park is an earthly fairyland which makes tourists hardly tear themselves away.

Day 2: Qufu
confucius temple qufu

Among many preserved Confucian temples of different dynasties all over China, the Confucian Temple in Qufu is the largest and earliest one. It represents the culture and history of Confucianism. The Confucian Temple, Confucian Mansion and Confucian Woods are called Three Confucians, which are now one of the four extant great architectural complexes in China.
Confucian Mansion is also called Yanshenggong Mansion, a large house consisting of 463 halls, rooms, towers and houses, covering an area of 13.3 hectares-the largest landlord manor in China's history. The courtyard is divided into three family temples. The main building in the center was first used as a government office then changed to dwelling house later.
-Confucian family graveyard is the graveyard of the Confucian family and has a history of more than 2340 years. There are about ten thousand tombs inside the graveyard .Also many stone steles, lanes and pavilions can be found here. The tomb passage is 1266 meters long with dense forest on both sides which were planted in Song and Yuan Dynasties.

Day 3: Tai’an
taishan mountain taian

Mount Tai lies in the territory of Tai'an of Shandong province. Mount Tai is the first mountain of the five most famous Mountains in China. The best time for touring around Mount Tai is April to November. If you want to enjoy the sunrise, the best time is autumn.
Here you have the option of taking the Cable car to the peak, Nantianmen Scenic Spot, while you can have a bird view of the mountain or continue to head for Yuhuang Peak. It is a chanllenging climb up to the Tai Mountain. Here you have the option of taking the vehicle to the highest point or down to the foot in a few minutes instead of climbing more than 1,605 steps, while you can also have a bird view of the wall.

Day 4: Penglai

Penglai Pavilion stands on the Peak of Danya Mountain with clouds around and boasts picturesque sight. The grand ancient buildings covers an area of 18900 square kilometers and consists of Penglai Pavilion, Tianhou Palace, Longwu Palace, lvzu Palace, Sanqing Palace, Mituo temple and some outbuildings. Because of its magic vision and grand scale, it is eponymous with Huanghe Pavilion, Yueyang Pavilion and Tengwang Pavilion which are crowned as 'Four Famous Pavilions in China'. There are numerous paintings, art works, and inscriptions of famous scholars in the pavilion.
After the tour in Penglai, you will be transferred to Yantai. After arrival, you can arrange the rest of the day on your own.

Day 5: Weihai

Zhangyu Wine Museum is one of the world-class museums specialized in wine in China. It records the development history from 18th century up to 21st century of famous Zhangyu wine. This Museum contains a display area and an underground wine cellar. Stepping into the elegantly decorated cellar, you can see a bar, where you can sit down and taste a variety of wine.
Climbing up to the top of Yantai Hill, you can have nice views of the blue ocean, mountains around, the beautiful coast, and a number of cruise ships grounding in Yantai Port. Yantai Hill has great history significance that it was used to warn pirates and foreign forces. The scenery of Yantai Hill Park is gorgeous. On the northwest side of the hill, kids and adults can go rock-climbing and fishing.

Day 6: Qingdao

Facing the yellow river and the Weihai bay, this island has fame as "unsinkable battleship". The island is covered with dense forest, mostof which are dark pine trees. The vegetation is more than 2700 mu, and has been designated as the civilized cultural scenic spots by the nation.

Day 7: Qingdao
qingdao eight passes

Built in 1891 as a naval pier, now the Zhanqiao Pier is symbol of the Qingdao city. It is 440 meters long reaching into Qingdao Bay. At the southern end of it, there is a traditional 2-story pavilion. It is an ideal place to enjoy the sea view.
Tsingtao Beer Museum is China's first facility where selected Tsingtao brand beers and brewing techniques are on display.
Eight Passes is Located in the east of Qingdao City in Shandong Province. The several boulevards near the sea refers to Badaguan, here the shade of trees make you linger on, the famous Huaming Building , Princess Building and other villas.
Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center is the main venue of the 29th Olympic Games in 2008 and the 13th Paralympic Games. This building is modernly designed, with many functional and professional rooms and square. Seen from a far distance, you can see it is a large-scale building complex.

Day 8: Qingdao and Departure

Different from many famous mountains in China, Lao Mountain rises from the sea level, and has a coast line of about 90 kilometers, structuring a wonder on the sea. The main peak, named Large Peak or Peak Lao, is over 1100 meters high above sea level. Take a walk around, with the sea on one side, and lofty stones and precipitous peaks on the other side, both majestic and elegant.
As the birth place of Laozi, Taiqing Palace has more than 140 rooms including Three Gods' Hall, Three Purities' Hall and Three Emperors' Hall. There are five Taiji Palace as the main buildings, a stone pillar with three cypresses around and many well preserved ancient articles.
Your 8-day Shandong Culture Tour ends today. The driver will escort you to the airport with your guide. Sit back and take off the stress and fatigue.

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