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As one of the cradles of ancient Chinese civilization, Shandong has formed a unique tourism style by mixing together its natural beauty, local characteristics and rich historic resources. On a Shandong tour, you are able to: walk into Qufu, the hometown of Confucius, to appreciate the profound oriental culture; admire the most revered Mount Taishan, one of China's Five Sacred Mountains; visit the 'City of Springs', Jinan; and relax at the charming seashores in Qingdao, Yantai and Weihai.

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Learn about Confucius Culture
Qufu, a city with over 5,000 years' history, is the hometown of Confucius and the birthplace of Confucianism. By taking a trip to Qufu, you will visit many traditional Chinese cultural sites including Confucius Family Mansion, Confucius Temple and Confucius Cemetery, which are world-renowned for its profound cultural background, long history as well as the rich collection of cultural relics and have been listed in the World Cultural Heritage site in 1994.
Explore the Natural Beauty of Mount Taishan
In addition to the brilliant historical and cultural heritages, Shandong also has beautiful natural landscapes among which the Mount Taishan in Tai'an is regarded to be the most representative one. Normally, one day is enough for a Taishan tour itinerary, but if you prefer to enjoy wonders of the fascinating sunrise and the seas of clouds, you may stay one night at the hotel on top of the mountain.

Besides, Dai Temple is also an important site in Mount Taishan area. Constructed in Han Dynasty (202BC-220), it is the largest and best preserved ancient architectural complex, containing more than 150 ancient buildings in various types that can be compared with the royal palaces.
Get a wonderful view of sunrise and the seas of clouds from the top of Mount Taishan
Enjoy a Seaside Holiday
Shandong province is situated on the eastern coast of China. Along its 3,000 kilometers coastline sits four seaside cities - Qingdao, Yantai, Weihai and Rizhao. After the cultural experiences in Qufu and Taishan, you can extend your Shandong tour package to these coastal cities for a leisure trip. At the summer resort Qingdao, you can either spend your time on Mt. Laoshan, a famous Taoist mountain, or visit Qingdao seaside scenic spots including Zhan Bridge, May 4th Square, Badaguan, etc. Moreover, Penglai Pavilion Scenic Area in Yantai, Liugong Island in Weihai and the Beach Resort in Rizhao are also good places for a summer vacation in Shandong. If you are interested, please contact our travel consultant freely. We will be glad to provide you with a customized Shandong tour based on your requirements.
Penglai Pavilion in Yantai
A beach resort 

How to get to Shandong and travel around?

The transportations in and to Shandong province from other cities of China are well-developed, including flights, trains and buses.

Most cities in Shandong have airports, and attribute to the international airports. It is much easier to plan a Qingdao, Yantai and Jinan tour from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Russia, Hong Kong, Macau and other countries or regions.

When travelling in Shandong, the main transportation is high-speed train, and normal trains are also available. Hereunder is a list of the high-speed train schedules between the main cities in Shandong:
High Speed Train Schedules
Route Duration Route Duration
Jinan - Qingdao 2-3 Hours Yantai - Weihai 0.5-1 Hours
Jinan - Yantai 3-4 Hours Qingdao - Yantai 1-2 Hours
Jinan - Tai'an 20 mins Qingdao - Tai'an 3 Hours
Jinan - Weihai 3.5-4.5 Hours Qingdao - Weihai 2-2.5 Hours
Yantai - Tai'an 4 Hours Qingdao - Qufu 3.5 Hours

What is the best time to visit Shandong?

Speaking of the best time to start a Shandong tour itinerary, spring (March-May), summer (June-August) and autumn (September-November) are all good choices. If you visit Mount Taishan, you may come in May for the sight of the marvelous "Sea of Clouds" or on cool autumn days to appreciate the red leaves.

Qingdao is bustling in summer due to the golden season for a seaside holiday, and the International Beer Festival held in Qingdao every August should not be missed as well.
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    4.714 Reviews
    Alison
    United Kingdom
    Posted on June 30, 2020
    We felt relaxed and joyful on the Jinan tour. Thank all of you for the support! It would be more perfect if more convenience were provided! The accommodation was well arranged! Breakfast and lunch were very nice! The guide gave us a well-planned itinerary and profound explanations!
    Lourdes
    Italy
    Posted on June 03, 2020
    We had taken our children to experience the Qilu culture. We enjoyed the arrangements in the package tour very much. The hotel was rated 4-star and the environment was tidy and we had a good rest after a daytime tour. We had tasted local specialties. Delicious! The pace of scenic spots was slow and the itinerary was friendly with the old people and children. A terrific Jinan tour!
    Melissa
    United Kingdom
    Posted on May 06, 2020
    The 5 days itinerary to Jinan and Mount Taishan was reasonable. We were deeply touched by the guide’s passion and thorough service. The overall transportation arrangement was reasonable and the accommodation was satisfying. We had tasted specialties in the restaurant. Yummy! The driver was punctual and polite. Comfortable hotel and tasteful food! We would be much more satisfied if more sceneries were covered!
    ANGIE
    the United Kingdom
    Posted on April 13, 2020
    Apart from the delay of the return flight, the whole Shandong trip was quite pleasant.

    Itinerary - all the attractions were impressive and full of information. The accommodations both in Jinan and Qufu were satisfactory.
    Guide - she was an eloquent leader showing us so many wonderful facts about the culture and thought of Confucius. We also enjoyed her vivid explanations of the natural scenery of Mount Taishan.
    Driver - he was patient to wait for us and picked us up on time with steady skills.
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    Jason
    USA
    Posted on February 29, 2020
    Travel China Guide organized an appropriate Shandong tour to Jinan for 5 days. We enjoyed comfortable accommodations and hearty buffets. Climbing up to Mt. Taishan was the most wonderful part of this trip! We were lucky to catch the amazing view of the sea of clouds on a good day :)
    Melissa
    Canada
    Posted on January 14, 2020
    I had a great time on the Jinan tour. I would give my praise to the guide. The organization was excellent and everything ran very smoothly. The Mount Taishan was so great! Thanks for giving us such a wonderful trip!
    Carolina
    United Kingdom
    Posted on December 16, 2019
    We had chosen the travel product via the internet. There was no shopping and no mandatory consumption at our own expense. The hotel was at a high level and we were very satisfied with this Jinan tour!
    Lynda
    Canada
    Posted on November 20, 2019
    We thought the journey provided an excellent value for money! We were impressed with the quality of the hotels and food. The sights were good and we had a great time on the Jinan tour!
    Mary Miranda
    Australia
    Posted on October 22, 2019
    The trip was well planned and I enjoyed every moment. The guide was professional and qualified and we had learned much about Jinan. The next Jinan tour was on my schedule!
    William Aslam
    Spain
    Posted on September 25, 2019
    Our guide on the 5 days itinerary to Jinan was enthusiastic, patient and responsible. We thought highly of this trip. The driver was nice and responsible and helped us with carrying our baggage in the hotel.
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