Best of Shandong

Jinan, Tai'an, Qufu & Qingdao

From £2100 per person in low season
From £2500 per person in high season

based on 7 nights inc. flights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • One-way train ticket from Qufu to Qingdao in Business Class

per person based on two sharing. 
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.

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  • Discover the life and teachings of the legendary Confucius as you visit his temple, family mansion and cemetery

  • Ascend to the UNESCO-listed Mount Taishan, serving as the place of worship for 12 emperors for over 3,000 years

  • Stroll along the coastline of Qingdao, a charming colonial city by the Yellow Sea

  • Learn more about China's most-famous beer export through a visit to Tsingtao Brewery

  • Discover Daming Lake and Baotu Spring Park, famed for its 72 springs and crystal pools

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Xian and the surrounding regions experience four distinct seasons and a continental climate. Summers are hot and humid, with maximum temperatures often above 40°C, however the monsoon season brings plenty of rainfall to temper the scorching heat. Winters are cool and dry, and not unpleasant for exploring the sights of the region, but cold weather clothing and layers are advisable as temperatures drop to freezing. Spring is pleasantly warm, with gentle breezes and long sunny days, making March through to May the best times to visit Xian. Autumn temperatures are similarly mild; however, September and October often bring frequent rain showers.

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Located in the East Coast of China, off-the-beaten Shandong is home to the legendary philosopher of Confucius, the UNESCO-listed Mount Taishan which served as a place of worship for 12 emperors across 3,000 years, as well as the charming coastal city of Qingdao.

  1. Days 1-2: Jinan, Henan, Shanxi and Shandong, China

    Your journey in Shandong begins in Jinan, the capital city of the Shandong province. Stroll along the Daming Lake with its weeping willows and scattered flowers. Visit the Baotu Spring Park, famed for its 72 springs, pavilions and crystal clear pools which earned Jinan the nickname of "Spring City". Afterwards, you will be transferred to Tai'an for your overnight stay.

    Accommodation: Sofitel Jinan Silver Plaza (1 night)

  2. Days 2-3: Tai'an

    Considered one of the holiest mountains in China, we will ascend up Mount Taishan on a cable car, visiting the Azure Clouds Temple, often dubbed as the "Imperial Palace in Heaven" with its South God Gate, Mountain Gate, Fragrant Pavilion and the imposing Main Palace. Descending the mountain, we will visit Dai Temple before continuing in the late afternoon into Qufu.

    Accommodation: Wanda Realm Taian (1 night)

  3. Days 3-5: Qufu

    Known as the birthplace of the Confucius, your time in Qufu will unravel the life and teachings of the legendary Chinese philosopher and politician. You will visit the UNESCO-listed sites of Confucian Temple, the Confucian Mansion, as well as the Confucian Family Graveyard, before concluding at the Confucius Museum.

    The next morning, if you wish we can offer an optional tour to visit Nishan, the very site where Confucius was born. Here, you can marvel at the world's largest Confucius statue and enjoy a Jinsheng Yuzhen performance which incorporates Confucius elements into the performance (not available on Monday).

    Alternatively, instead of Nishan, we can arrange optional visit to Confucius Six Arts City, a park which displays the teaching of Confucius across six field of studies: rites, music, archery, charioteering, arithmetic, as well as reading and writing.

    Accommodation: JW Marriott Hotel Qufu (2 nights)

  4. Days 5-5: Train to Qingdao

  5. Days 5-8: Qingdao

    On your arrival in Qingdao, enjoy a stroll along the seaside, passing through May Forth Square, Qingdao International Sailing Centre as well as a magnificent sunset at Fushan Bay.

    The next morning, discover the highlights of Qingdao, including the Tsingtao Brewery which is the world's best-known Chinese beer, Jiaozhou Governor's Hall designed by Friedrich Mahlke, Zhanqiao Park, Seaside Boardwalk, as well as the Badaguan Scenic Area.

    We also dedicate another day to visit Laoshan. You will explore the Xiao Yu Hill, Former Residence of Kang Youwei and Signal Mountain Park.

    Accommodation: Hyatt Regency Qingdao (3 nights)


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