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Famous Shandong: Beer, Confucius, Myths & Mountains

From RMB 5990
Travel days:  5 days
 /  4 nights

  • All flights mentioned in the program in economy class including tax and fuel surcharge.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program with air-conditioned cars.
  • Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in selected hotels in double/single room with bathtub/shower and WC, including breakfast.
  • Private English speaking tour guide for all mentioned sightseeing.
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B for breakfast, L for Lunch, D for Dinner).
  • 24 hours TUI China telephone Hotline (German and English): +86 13910187388.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above.
  • Qingdao 4*
    California Vogue Hotel
    Standard Room
  • Qufu 4*
    Queli Hotel
    Standard Room
  • Tai'an 4*
    Taishan International Hotel
    Standard Room
  • The above mentioned rates are subjected to availability.
  • If you have any further ideas, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to adjust the offer according to your wishes.
  • Min. 2 people

Travel content

In Confucius' home province, sample a rich variety of life's pleasures: delicious seafood and beer in relaxed Qingdao, the wooded hillsides and heights of beloved Mount Taishan and the easy-going charms of Qufu, the birthplace of China's most beloved sage. This trip offers you a wide variety of impressions of China. First on your schedule, Qingdao has a mix of European style and Chinese buildings and is an important harbor and seaside resort. Qingdao recently added a new claim to fame as the 2008 Olympic Sailing Regatta host city. Taishan Mountain, the holiest mountain in China and Qufu, home of the famous philosopher Confucius, are also destinations not to be missed.

Beijing departure: RMB 5, 990 p.p.
Shanghai departure: RMB 6, 200 p.p.
Travel date: daily departure

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing / Shanghai - Qingdao (B)

    Morning flight from Beijing or Shanghai to Qingdao (which means 'Green Island', though it is actually a peninsula). As an old port city at the mouth of the Yellow River, Qingdao has a rich and colorful history.

    Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide at the airport.

    Visit Lao Shan Mountain. With its varying vegetation at different elevations Lao Shan is one of the most venerated Taoist pilgrimage destinations.

    You will also visit the pavilions of Taiqing Gong (Palace of Great Purity).

    Overnight in Qingdao

  • Day 2:
    Qingdao (B)

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Visit May Fourth Square.

    Visit Badaguan, one of Qingdao's beaches famous for its exclusive guesthouses. It is pleasant to stroll around its lush woodlands, where each street is lined with a distinctive variety of flower or tree.

    Visit the Qingdao Brewery. Qingdao has China's largest brewery and many branch distilleries, an industry originally founded in 1903 by German settlers. The beer retains the old spelling 'Tsingdao' and its present-day logo displays an image of Zhan Qiao, the famous pier on Qingdao's southern shore.

    Visit Zhan Qiao Pavilion. Enjoy Zhan Qiao Pier, one of the most famous places in Qingdao, with its unrestricted ocean vistas.

    Overnight in Qingdao

  • Day 3:
    Qingdao - Tai'an (B)

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Drive to Tai'an by coach (approximately 5 hours).

    A city tour in Tai'an will take you around its interesting main roads around the Dai Temple, Hongmen Lu, at the foot of Tai Shan.

    Overnight in Qufu

  • Day 4:
    Tai'an (B)

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Ascend Taishan Mountain, the most revered of China's five sacred mountains and perhaps the most climbed mountain in the world. Associated with Tai Shan is the ancient creation myth about Pan Gu and his colossal feat of separating earth and sky. (Cable car is included)

    Overnight in Tai'an


  • Day 5:
    Tai'an - Qufu - Beijing (B)

    Breakfast at the hotel.

    Drive to Qufu by coach (approximately 1 hour). Qufu is a town of supreme significance to many Chinese people because it is the birthplace of Confucius, its most venerated sage, who was poor and unrecognized in his own lifetime. Qufu is a harmonious place of wood, stone and imperial architecture.

    At the old center of Qufu are the vast grounds, pavilions, stone stele tablets and gardens of Confucius Temple and the Confucius Mansions. The original temple dates back to 478 BC, but most of the present buildings are from the Ming dynasty.

    Also visit the Confucius Forest, with over 100,000 pine and cypress trees planted by Confucius' students. It is China's largest artificial park and best preserved cemetery where Confucius and his descendants have been buried for over 2,000 years.

    Transfer back to Tai'an.

    Night train to Beijing or Shanghai with overnight on the train, arriving in Beijing / Shanghai in the early morning.