Day 1: Arrival in Tai’an via Jinan
Arrive in Jinan by air or train. Meet your guide and transfer to Tai’an, the city located at the foothills of Mt Tai. Jinan is the capital and a transportation hub of Shandong Province. The city is used by most visitors to Qufu and Tai’an as jump-off point. The drive to Tai’an from Jinan can be anywhere between 80 and 100 kilometres depending on your start point.
Day 2: Tai’an
We dedicate the whole morning to exploring the historic Mt. Tai or Taishan. The most revered of the five sacred Taoist mountains of China, Mt. Tai has since the dawn of Chinese history been a great source of inspiration for poets, writers and painters. In 1982, the UNESCO designated Mt. Tai a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site. We ride the cable car and then walk about an hour to the summit for a rewarding view of the surrounding countryside. The energetic may choose to skip the cable car and conquer the entire 6000 steps on foot. The climb can be hard work but the central route’s bewildering catalogue of bridges, trees, towers, statues, inscribed stones, caves, pavilions and temples combine to take your mind off your aching calves.
Day 3: Tai’an – Qufu
Drive to Qufu (100km) after breakfast. Qufu is hometown of Confucius whose philosophy, known as Confucianism, played and continues to play a vital role in the evolution of the Chinese civilization. We visit the mansions inhabited by Confucius’ descendants, now a museum, the sage’s last resting place at Confucian Forest, and finally the massive Confucius Temple, which features a series of impressive gateways, clusters of twisted pines and cypresses, inscribed steles and tortoise tablets recording ancient events.
Day 4: Jinan – Qufu
We spend the morning exploring the small town on our own. Drive back to Jinan (3 hours) after lunch and tour the famous Bao Springs Park on arrival. Jinan is a historic ancient city but best known for its hundreds of gushing springs.
Day 5/Sun: Jinan – Next Destination
After a tour of the Provincial Museum and Da Ming Lake, you’ll have the rest of the day at leisure or depart for your next destination.
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