Day 1 - Mount Tai
Mount Tai is one of the five greatest mountains in China. In ancient times, the mountain was always a shrine for the emperors to offer ceremonial sacrifices to heaven and earth. Architectures in the mountain are mainly Ming and Qing styles, with a combination of paintings and stone sculptures. The sunrise is one of the most spectacular scenes of Mount Tai.
The day begins as you are picked-up from your hotel at around 07:30. Upon reaching the foot of Mount Tai, you will take a shuttle to the Central Heaven Gate where you will then take a cable car ride to the summit. As the cable car takes you to the top of the mountain, enjoy the spectacular view of the surrounding landscape. At the mountain top, we will have a tour of the celestial street.
After lunch, we will visit Daguan Peak and see stone monuments setup by the Emperor of the Han Dynasty. Afterwards, we'll ride the cable car back down the mountain. At the end of Day 1, you will be transferred to your hotel in Qufu (at around 18:00).
Day 2 - Qufu
The day begins with a pick-up from your hotel at around 08:30 for a trip to Qufu, which was once the capital of the Kingdom of Lu, and home to sites such as the original Temple of Confucius, the Confucian Forest and the Kong Family Mansion.
Upon reaching Qufu, you will visit the Cemetery of Confucius, known under its Chinese name Kong Lin and more commonly referred to as the "Confucian Forest", a cemetery of the Kong clan (the descendants of Confucius) in Confucius' hometown. Confucius himself and some of his disciples are buried there, as well as thousands of his descendants.
Afterwards you will visit the Temple of Confucius (or Kong Miao in the local language). It is the "original", largest and most famous of the temples of Confucius in China and East Asia. Along with the Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion, the temple has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994.
After lunch, we'll visit the Kong Family Mansion (also known as the Yanshenggong Mansion). This was the historical residence of the direct descendants of Confucius in the city of Qufu. The extant structures mainly date from the Ming and Qing dynasties. From the mansion, the family tended to the Confucian sites in Qufu and also governed the largest private rural estate in China.
At the end of your tour, you will be transferred at the Qufu Train Station where you can take a bullet train going to Shanghai or Beijing (at around 16:00).
- Hotel pick-up
- English speaking guide
- Air-conditioned transportation
- Entrance tickets to the attractions indicated in the itinerary
- Chinese lunch for 2 days
- Personal expenses
- Tips and gratuities
- Optional activity costs
- Train ticket
- Hotel accommodation
- Other meals
- The itinerary and schedule is subject to change and may vary according to your travel date.