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A perfect tour of nature and culture. You will first explore the Mount Tai, the symbol of Chinese spirit. Marvel at the amazing sunrise, jade plate in sea cloud as well as the sunset. Then visit Qufu, a birth place of Confucius, as well as Zoucheng, the birth place of Mencius. Both Qufu and Zouzheng contain numerous historic palaces, temples and cemeteries. The highlight of the trip is to attend the 15th Confucius Memorial Ceremony.

    Destination: Shanghai-Taian-Mount Tai-Qufu-Shanghai

    Overview
    Qufu contains numerous historic palaces, temples and cemeteries. Many of the major cultural sites in the city are all associated with Confucius, such as the three sites of the Temple of Confucius, the Cemetery of Confucius, and the Kong Family Mansion. Feel the magnificence of Mount Tai, the symbol of Chinese spirit. Marvel at the amazing sunrise, jade plate in sea cloud as well as the sunset, the three must-sees when visiting Mount Tai.

    Brief itinerary
    Day 1 Sep 25 Taian arrival, Taian tour (no meal)
    Day 2 Sep 26 Full day Mount Taishan tour (Breakfast)
    Day 3 Sep 27 Qufy tour (Breakfast)
    Day 4 Sep 28 Qufu Confucius Memorial Ceremony, departure (Breakfast)

    Duration: 4 days
    Tour valid: 25-28/09/2018
    Activities level: Easy to Moderate
    Accommodation: Ramada Taian Hotel, Qufu Queli Hotel
    Transport: high speed G train, private air-conditioned vehicle
    Meals: 3 hotel international buffet breakfasts
    Price p. Person: CNY 3950 per person, CNY 850 for single room surcharge
    Size of group: min. 6 persons
    Including
    • Return high speed G train ticket with standard seats, Sep 25 Shanghai to Taian and Sep 28 Qufu to Shanghai
    • 1 night hotel accommodation, standard room at Ramada Taian 4*
    • 2 nights hotel accommodation, standard room at Qufu Queli Hotel 4*
    • 3 Daily hotel international buffet breakfasts
    • Sightseeing tours, entrance fees and round cable car of Mount Tai
    • Qufu Confucius Memorial Ceremony on Sep 28
    • Private English speaking local guide with air-conditioned vehicle

    Excludes:
    - Travel insurances
    - Personal expense such as telephone calls, fax, laundry, beverages
    - Daily Lunch and dinner, highlights or sightseeing’s which are not indicated in the program.
    - Excess baggage charges
    - Tips to guides, porterages & drivers if service satisfied
    Day 1 Sep25 Shanghai-Taian by G train (No meal)
    Take G train to Taian G114 (08:18-12:13) to Taian. Meet and greet, lunch on your own.
    Visit Dai Temple (Temple to the God of Mt. Tai) the site where 2,200 years ago Qin Shi Huang, the First Emperor of China, held sacrificial ceremonies, and night show named worship the heaven and earth.
    Evening show: Grand ceremony of workship of heaven and earth on Moutain Tai
    Stay at Ramada Plaza in Taian for 1 night.

    Day 2 Sep26 Mt Tai - Qufu (Breakfast)
    Full day excurstion to the Mt. Tai, the most revered of the five sacred mountains of China.
    You will take the shuttle bus to the middle heaven gate (approx 25 min) , change the cable car to go to the South heaven gate (7-15minutes). After the South heaven gate, the walk to the top will be quiet smooth. Approx. 45 min. Enjoy a great view from the top of the mountain. Return to the foot of the Mt. Tai by cable car and shuttle bus. In the afternoon, drive to Qufu City (approx. 1.5 hour).
    Stay at Queli hotel in Qufu for 2 nights.

    Day 3 Sep27 Qufu (Breakfast)
    Visit the temple of YanHui the first one of 72 famous students of Confucius in the morning, then visit the temple of ZhouGong, the first and famous emperor of Lu state. After lunch transfer to Zoucheng City, visit the temple of Mencius and Mencius mansion. and visit Mencius tomb, then back to Qufu. Visit Kong Lin (Confucian Forest), the largest and best-preserved cemetery in China.

    Day 4 Sep28 Qufu Confucius Memorial Ceremony (TBA), back to Shanghai by G train (Breakfast)
    Visit the grand Opening City Ceremony at 8:00, then visit Confucius Temple, where you will take part in the Confucius Memorial Ceremony. It will be the 15th Qufu International Confucius Culture Festival. There will be held a grand ceremony to respect Confucius's contribution to the Chinese culture.
    You will visit the Confucius Mansion, the birthplace of Confucius. Greet the stone-carved statue of Confucius, and walk through the maze of more than 450 halls, rooms, and buildings of the Confucius Mansion. It is the largest and most sumptuous aristocratic mansion in China. There will be also a performance in the Confucius Mansion.

    After lunch, visit Kong Lin (Confucian Forest), the largest and best-preserved cemetery in China. Transfer to Qufu railway station and take high speed G train back to Shanghai. G145 (17:43-21:07) or similar. (END)

    City: Taian
    BeijingHotel name: Ramada Plaza Taian
    Information: Ramada Plaza Taian Recreational options include a fitness centre, indoor pool and spa treatments. Recreational options include a fitness centre, indoor pool and spa treatments.
    Location: Ramada Plaza Taian is situated in the heart of Taian city, with the foothills of the Taishan Mountain as backdrop. It is just 500 metres from the entrance of Taishan Mountain Sc

    City: Qufu
    BeijingHotel name: Queli Hotel
    Information: Que Li Hotel, located in downtwon Qufu, hometown of Confucius, is a 4-star tourism hotel. It provides up to 160 guestrooms, 8 restaurants serving traditional Kong’s Special Banquet. Built in traditional Shandong style with ponds and courtyards, Guests can enjoy local cuisine at the on-site Chinese restaurant.
    Location:Queli Hotel is located in the heart of Qufu a short walk from the Confucius Temple and the Residence of Confucius and even closer to the Bell and Drum Towers.

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