Ceremony of City Gate Opening in Qufu

Confucius Culture Exploration

SG25: 11 Days Small Group Tour of Beijing - Xi'an - Jinan - Tai'an - Qufu - Shanghai
Tour Type: Small Group of 2-18 travelers, guaranteed departures
Guide & Driver: English-speaking guide, experienced driver with an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights at good 5-star & 4-star hotels
Meals: 10 western buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches with some being a la carte style, 1 dumpling dinner
Tour Highlights:
  • Must-see sights in China - Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army
  • Enjoy the natural views of Mt. Taishan, one of the five greatest mountains in China
  • Get in touch with Confucian culture at the three scenic spots of Confucius in Qufu
  • Cruise on the Huangpu River to take in the impressive skylines of Shanghai
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Day 1 Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to Beijing! Upon your arrival, your guide will warmly welcome you at the arrival hall of the airport, holding a sign with your name on it. Then you will be escorted to check in at the hotel. For the rest of the day, you can relax at the hotel to recover from jet lag, or have a stroll around the locality.
 
Accommodation: The Great Wall Hotel Beijing - the former Sheraton
Day 2 Beijing
After breakfast, we will start to unveil this China tour package at Tiananmen Square - the largest urban square in the world enabling you to admire the Tiananmen Gatetower and Monument to the People's Heroes. Later, we will walk through the Meridian Gate and proceed to admire the well-preserved wooden architecture in the Forbidden City, regarded as the quintessence of Chinese ancient imperial buildings. By noontime, enjoy the a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular restaurant, which also offers the famous Peking Duck.

Thereafter, we will visit the Temple of Heaven. It is not only the site for ancient emperors to pray for good harvest, but also a good place for many locals to conduct recreational activities. Early evening, you will be led to watch a performance of Chinese Kung Fu at the Red Theater.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte welcome lunch
Tiananmen Square
Take a walk around the Tiananmen Square
Day 3 Beijing
Mutianyu Great Wall with a round-trip cable car, A toast with red wine on the wall. (B)
Today's China tour to Shandong starts with a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall. Please have a hearty breakfast or prepare some snacks before departure as the lunch is at your own arrangement. After alighting from the vehicle, we will see the spectacular scenery by a round-trip cable car. There the boundless majestic walls along rolling mountains will offer you great views to admire. A red wine toast will be proposed after you reach the top of the Great Wall. Enjoy some free climbing time. Then you can eat lunch at the nearby scenic area, and your guide will recommend restaurants. Finally you will be transferred to a famous local market in the city for a short visit.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Mutianyu Great Wall
Marvel at the grandeur of the Great Wall
Day 4 Beijing to Xi'an by Flight
Summer Palace, Olympic Bird's Nest, A la carte lunch, Hutong Rickshaw Tour, Experience Chinese Paper Cutting, Fly to Xi'an, Airport-hotel transfer. (B+L)
This morning, we will first visit the Summer Palace. In this royal garden, you can catch a nice glimpse of the picturesque Kunming Lake and beautiful buildings on Longevity Hill. Later, take a short stop over the unique Bird's Nest, which hosted the 2008 Olympic Games, and you can take photos to remember the special occasion.

After a la carte lunch (valued at CNY150.00 per person and included in our price), an amusing Hutong tour with rickshaw and the activity of traditional Chinese Paper-cutting will be arranged.

Then you will be transferred to the airport for the flight to Xi'an. Your experienced Xi'an tour guide will pick you up from the airport and help you check in at the hotel.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte lunch
Accommodation: Sheraton Hotel
Hutong tour
Experience a rickshaw tour through Hutong Alleys
Day 5 Xi'an
Terracotta Army, A local family visit and an authentic home-cooked lunch, Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum, Tang Dynasty Show with dumpling dinner. (B+L+D)
Today we will set out for the eighth wonder of the world - the Terracotta Army. When you enter this underground museum, rows of vivid terracotta warriors will greet you martially in the three large pits. After watching the unearthed relics of Qin Empire (221 - 207BC), a return car ride will take you to enjoy a home-cooked a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) in a local family house. The hostess is glad to teach you how to cook Chinese food if you are interested.

We will spend the afternoon paying a visit to the Small Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an Museum. At night, please enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Show and a delicious dumpling feast.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Home-cooked a la carte lunch, Dumpling Dinner
 Friendly Tips

Since the theater is usually not open in Jan, Feb, Mar and Dec, we will not arrange the show and dumpling dinner for tours starting during the periods. Clients will enjoy free time to relax.
Terracotta Army
Terracotta Warriors
Local family visit
Enjoy home-cooked meal at a local family visit
Day 6 Xi'an to Jinan by Flight
Observe local life in the park, Tai Chi practice, Xi'an City Wall, Fly to Jinan, Airport-hotel transfer. (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will do some physical exercise of Tai Chi with locals at City Wall Park. Later, your guide will accompany you to have a leisure walk on the ancient City Wall. If interested, you can rent a bike on the city wall for experiencing the cycling at your own cost.

Thereafter, we will escort you to the airport to catch the flight to Jinan. Upon your landing, the airport-hotel transfer will be provided by your professional local guide and driver. 

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
Accommodation: Shungeng Hillview Hotel
Day 7 Jinan - Tai'an
Daming Lake Park, Baotu Spring Park, Drive to Tai'an, Mount Taishan. (B+L)
The first stop of this Confucius tour in Jinan is the pretty Daming Lake Park. There both the fascinating lake view and refined pavilions will dazzle your eyes. After the sightseeing, go on this Jinan day trip to Baotu Spring Park, where the tranquil and cool environment will refresh you from body to mind. The spring has been flowing day and night all year round. Watching this, you will feel the greatness of nature. Then, a 1.5-hour comfortable drive will take you to the Mount Taishan, the top one of the 'Five Sacred Mountains' in China. It was regarded as a paradise by the ancients, and became a sacred mountain where people worshipped and emperors offered sacrifices in old times. A round-trip cable car will be arranged for you to view the Taoist and Buddhist temples scattered across the mountain. Next, you will be transferred to check in at a downtown hotel for a good rest.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Ramada Plaza Tai'an
Mount Taishan, Tai'an
Taishan Mountain
Confucius Temple, Qufu
Confucius Temple, Qufu
Day 8 Tai'an - Qufu
Drive to Qufu, Confucius Temple, Confucius Family Mansion, Cemetery of Confucius. (B+L)
Today, we will chauffeur you to Qufu in the morning. In this city, the three must-see scenic spots of the Confucius Temple, the Confucius Family Mansion and the Cemetery of Confucius would help you get an in-depth experience of the Confucius culture. You can pay your respects to Confucius at Confucius Temple. Its large-scale Family Mansion is just the dwelling houses of Confucius's family members. By evening, the guide will help you check in at a local hotel.

Meals: Chinese Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Queli Hotel
Day 9 Qufu to Shanghai by High Speed Train
View the ceremony of city gate opening, A 3.5-hour high-speed train to Shanghai, Train station to hotel transfer. (B)
In the early morning, we will set out for viewing the characteristic ceremony of city gate opening in Qufu. Then you will be escorted to the railway station for a 3.5-hour high-speed train-ride to Shanghai. Your Shanghai tour guide will pick you up upon your arrival, and take you to the hotel for a good rest.

Meals: Chinese breakfast
Accommodation: Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel
Day 10 Shanghai
Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden and its traditional bazaar, A la carte farewell lunch, Former French Concession, the Bund and Huangpu River cruise. (B+L)
We will spend the morning watching the treasured cultural relics in Shanghai Museum, catching the great rockery, elegant chambers and halls at Yu Garden as well as wandering the bustling streets near the Old City God Temple. Around noon, you will enjoy an a la carte lunch (valued at CNY120.00 per person and included in our price) at a popular local restaurant.

After lunch, we will guide you to explore the Former French Concession. Walking along the streets, passing by Phoenix trees, you will see all kinds of garden houses. Then a one-hour cruise along the Huangpu River will be arranged for you to indulge in a romantic and alluring view of the city. You will also have some free time to enjoy yourself at the Bund to appreciate the classic skyscrapers and feel the city's development. Afterwards, your guide will send you back to the hotel and say farewell to you.

Meals: Western buffet breakfast, A la carte farewell lunch
Yu Garden, Shanghai
Visit the graceful Yu Garden
Day 11 Departure from Shanghai
Please check out before 12:00. We recommend the most efficient and money-saving way - taking a taxi by yourself from hotel to the airport, A pleasant trip home! (B)
Today is the last day of your 11-day Confucius tour. After breakfast, you can check out of the hotel at any time before 12:00 noon, then hail a taxi at the cost of around CNY100 to Hongqiao airport or CNY200 to Pudong airport depending on your schedule. Such transfer is at your own arrangement. The car ride would take about 1 hour or 1.5 hours respectively.

If you need our help planning an extended trip, please feel free to contact us anytime. Wish you a nice journey home!

Meals: Western buffet breakfast
B-- Breakfast L-- Lunch D-- Dinner
Prices are per person in US Dollars; departures are guaranteed even with two persons!
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Mar 04(Thu)Mar 14(Sun)$2319 $2203$539
Mar 11(Thu)Mar 21(Sun)$2319 $2203$539
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Sep 09(Thu)Sep 19(Sun)$2499 $2249$579
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Oct 28(Thu)Nov 07(Sun)$2399 $2159$579
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Nov 11(Thu)Nov 21(Sun)$2389 $2150$569
Nov 20(Sat)Nov 30(Tue)$2319 $2087$509
Dec 04(Sat)Dec 14(Tue)$2289 $2060$499
Dec 23(Thu)Jan 02(Sun)$2289 $2060$499

Remark: The prices in red reflect the current discount.

Price Includes
  • Domestic airfares & train fare
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • A la carte lunches as itinerary specifies
  • Professional English-speaking guides
  • Drivers & air-conditioned vehicles
  • Entrance fees to tourist sites
  • Tips or gratuities for hotel porters
Price Excludes
  • International airfares
  • Entry Visa fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips or gratuities for guides and drivers
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