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6 Days Essence of Jinan & Qingdao Tour

Many springs and unique Lu Culture & The City of Beer in the world

The most popular destination in Shandong province

Jinan is a historical city with a history of some 2,000 years and is famed for its numerous relics. It is the cradle of the Longshan Relics Culture, the reputed prehistoric culture of China and is found in Longshan Town, hence the name. Here you will find far more than you would expect, the ancient Great Wall of the Qi State (a state of the Zhou Dynasty (770B.C.-221B.C.)), the colored sculptures of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in the Lingyan Temple and so on.

Qingdao, is a beautiful seaside city with clear air and enchanting sea view. This city, bordered by the Yellow Sea on two sides, has the largest bathing beach in Asia and produces the mellow Qingdao Beer. To the east of the city, a short distance across the Yellow Sea, lie Korea and Japan, making the city an important port for international trade.

  • Explore the culture & history of Confucianism in the birthplace of Confucius, Qufu;
  • Taste the famous Tsingtao Beer and learn more about its history;
  • Climb Mount Tai, the foremost of the Five Great Mountains of China;
  • Enjoy the best natural beauty, the mountains, springs and seasides of Shandong province.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 Jinan Arrival

Welcome to Jinan, the city of springs! Upon arrival, your tour guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel in Jinan.

After a little bit rest and fresh up, head to visit Baotu Spring Park, where Baotu Spring, the best spring under the heaven, is. There are many clear and crystal spring pools and magnificent pavilions in the park, which make it a fairyland in the city center.

Later, you will move on the Daming Lake Park, relaxing yourself with the picturesque scenery. As the biggest lake in Jinan, it offers you the beautiful views of pavilions, buildings in willows and shades and lotus full of ponds.

Day 2 Jinan to Qufu

After breakfast, you'll transfer to Qufu, and have a day tour in the birthplace of Confucius.

The highlight of today is to visit "San Kong", the name given collectively to the three main sites of Confucius: the Confucian Temple, The Confucian Mansion and the Confucian Cemetery. You will get a full understanding about the life of Confucius, as well as the Confucian culture.

Stay overnight at a local hotel in Qufu.

Day 3 Mount Tai & Back to Jinan

In the morning, you will transfer to Mount Tai, the first mountain of the five most famous Mountains in China. You will first visit the famous Dai Temple, the largest and most completed ancient buiding of Mount Tai, where ancient emperors always held sacrificial ceremonies.

After lunch, start to climb Mt. Taishan. The grandeur of this time-honored attraction can be experienced as you ascend the 7,000 stone steps on foot or by cable car.

After the visit in Mount Tai, go back to Jinan City.

Day 4 Jinan to Qingdao

In the morning, you will firstly be escorted to Qingdao. Today's tour starts from Mount Lao. Facing the Yellow Sea, it is one of China's major scenic resorts and has long been held as the reputation of No. 1 Famous Mountain on the Sea. It is also a famous Taoist mountain featuring both mountainous and coastal view. Among all the famous mountains in the whole China, it is the only mountain on the coast. You won't miss Taiqing Palace, the largest, oldest and most valuable of the temples in Mount Lao.

In the afternoon, transfer back to Qingdao downtown. You will have a walk along the coastline of Qingdao City to May Fourth Square and the 2008 Olympics Sailing Center.

Day 5 Qingdao

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Today, you will have a city exploration in Qingdao city. The first stop is to Zhanqiao Pier, a symbol of Qingdao city. It was built in 1891 as a naval pier, and now is a famous landmark in the Qingdao Bay.

Then followed a trip to Little Qingdao Isle, whose shape is like an ancient violin, is also called "Violin Isle". Waterside pavilions, red reefs with blue waves, white tower with green trees and an arbor makes the island as the heaven created a beautiful pictures.

Later, you will have a walk in the Badaguan Scenic Resort. It is a great place to embrace Qingdao which is well known for the old villas of different architecture styles. If you miss the Badaguan when visiting Qingdao, it means you haven't fully seen Qingdao.

Last, visit the Tsingtao Brewery Museum, where you can watch the exhibition of the complete process of making the beer and taste the freshly brewed beer.

Day 6 Qingdao Departure

Today is free for you until to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight.

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