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8 Days Shandong Essence Tour (INSD0701)

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8 Day 6 Nights
Availability : All Year Round
Beijing
Qingdao
Min Age : 2+
Max People : 28
Tour Details

Services Inclusions:
1. Admission fees: to scenic spots as listed in the itinerary;
2. Meals: all meals as specified in the itinerary;
3. Tour guides: excellent private English-speaking guide;
4. Transfers: land transfer with drivers as specified;
5. Accommodations: hotels based on double/single occupancy as specified;
6. Government taxes & fees;
7. Arrangement: planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
Services Exclusions:
1. International flights to/from China, as well as transportation to/from the above city;
2. China visa fees;
3. Gratuities to guides & drivers and any expense of personal nature;
4. Our tour package does not include Travel Insurance. Please DO purchase the Travel Insurance before your trip to against any unforeseen circumstance.
Accommodations: 
    Jinan – Hotel Grand Mercure Jinan Sunshine by ACCOR or similar
    Taian – Feicheng Blossom Hotel or similar
    Qufu – Sun Plaza International Hotel or similar
    Qingdao – Sheraton Qingdao Licang Hotel or similar
Remarks:
The prices listed above are in US dollars, per person, based on the double occupancy.
The prices shown above are not valid during the China’s National Day Holiday, Chinese Spring Festival and some large exhibitions like Canton Fair.
Some tour packages feature few shopping stops in the itinerary, each factory /store visit takes approximately 45 minutes. No min purchase needed. 

Dates & Rates

2019 & 2020 Departures

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Remarks:

1) Rates are in U.S. funds, per person, based on double occupancy. Tour cost includes fuel surcharge. U.S. and China air taxes & fees (include 9/11 security fee) are listed clearly for your note. Please note airline fuel surcharge, U.S. and China air taxes & fees are beyond our control and therefore subject to change without prior notice.

2) Air transportation in conjunction with land tours, based on the applicable airfares on participatingcarries, subject to the rules and regulations of the class,fare and service of the individual airlines. Due to special contracted net agreements, supplements or credits for air deviations may NOT be equal to published airfare differentials.

3) Transpacific Airfarearesubject to change and any increase in airfare is not included in the tour fare. Depending on airfare class differences, the airfare may be non-refundable and subject to full cancellation penalties.

4) Air seats are limited, add-on airfares are subject to change until ticket issued. Foradd onfrom specific US domestic cities, please contact our agent.

5) Tour extensions may not includeweekendsurcharge. ChinaTour.com endeavors to follow the itineraries precisely: however, if flights are not available at the scheduled time, ChinaTour.com reserves the right to modify the air and land arrangements from smooth operation of the tour.

6) All prices listed above are per person in U. S. dollars based on double occupancy. If three adults need to share one room and the third person asking forextrabed, the third person’s price will be the same as others.

7) Children 11 years and under who share a room with two adults and do not ask for an extra bed will be charged the listed child fare or 75% of the regular adult price; if they need an extra bed in the same room with two adults, the cost will be 90% of the regular adult price. Children 12 and older will be charged at the regular adult price.

8) Early depart or late return is allowed, the ticket change fee is $50 per person each time, in addition to airlines surcharge for different air class and weekend if necessary.

9) Please contact agent for your preferred airline, additional cost may apply. Additional baggage charges may apply.

Itinerary

Day 1Hometown - Beijing

Fly to Beijing, the capital of China.

Day 2Arrive in Beijing - High speed train to Jinan - Jinan

After arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel where the rest of the evening may be spent at your leisure to relax after your flight.

Day 3Jinan(American Breakfast, Lunch)

As the capital of Shandong Province, Jinan is situated in the south wing of the Annulus Bohai Area.The history of Jinan could be traced back to more than 5,000 years ago.

Jinan has been called by different names throughout the history. During the Shang and Zhou Dynasty, Jinan was named Tan, and during the Spring and Autumn Period it was renamed as Luo county. As the political, economic and cultural center of Shandong Province, Jinan has undergone impressive development after more than 20 years of reform and opening to the outside world. Nowadays, Jinan has become a unique, modernized metropolis with beautiful scenery and friendly climate.

Baotu Spring is considered the symbol of Jinan city, close to Qianfo Hill in the south and Quancheng Square in the east. Baotu Spring ranks first of 72 famous springs of Jinan, lauded by many as the number one spring of the world. Baotu spring is divided into three strands which offer fresh water day and night. It has a constant temperature of 18℃ throughout the year. 

Black Tiger Spring

The second most significant spring to see is Black Tiger Spring. The spring water rises from a cave and cascades from three stone animal heads, dropping from a height of 28 meters into a stone pool that is 13 meters long and 9 meters wide. Winds emit a terrifying roar as they blow through the cave where the water flows out; therefore, the spring got its name of Heihu (Black Tiger)
Daming Lake

Relax among the picturesque scenery. As the biggest lake in Jinan, it offers you beautiful views of pavilions, willows and ponds full of lotuses.

Day 4QufuTaian Mt Taishan (American Breakfast, Lunch)

Tai’an is located in the middle of Shandong Province, at the southern foot of Mount Tai, head of the “Five Great Mountains in China/Five Taoist Mountain in China”.

Then, you can take a 1.5 hours’ hike to the top of the Mt. Taishan (if physical condition limit you, you can take a cable car to South Gate to the Heaven). On the top, visit South Heavenly Gate, Heavenly Street, Jade Emperor Peak, Inscription on the Cliff, Sun Rising Peak, and more.

Mountain Taishan

The area has a long history, with Mount Taishan highly-revered since ancient times. The mountain was considered to be the first of the country’s five sacred mountains, and was a place where emperors prayed for the fortunes of the nation. Mount Taishan was also a focal point for religion in the area, providing a base for the likes of Buddhism and Taoism.

The area around Mount Tai originally belonged to the Lu State (ca. 1027 BCE, later absorbed by the Chu State [722 – 221 BCE]). From the beginning of the Imperial period, Mount Tai became a popular destination for Chinese emperors: 72 of them made annual pilgrimages to Mount Tai in order to conduct sacrificial ceremonies and to pay homage to the mountain in the form of speeches by the emperor and his ministers. 

Day 5Taian Qufu (American Breakfast, Lunch)

The Confucian Mansion

Located in the east side of the Temple of Confucius, the Mansion of Confucius was originally known as mansion of Yanshenggong. It used to be the house of the descendants of Confucius for a long time.

When Confucius passed away, his posterity settled down near the temple to tend to the remains of Confucius. By the end of North Song dynasty (960 – 1127 CE), the mansions soared to more than ten, covering an area of 7.4 hectares. Now there are more than 480 rooms, buildings and halls. The former part is a government office and the latter part is the residence.

Confucius Temple

China’s largest imperial building complex after the Forbidden City began as Confucius’ three-room house. After his death in 478 BCE, the Duke of the Lu state consecrated his simple house as a temple. Everything in it, including his clothing, books, musical instruments and a carriage, was perfectly preserved.

The house was rebuilt for the first time in 153 CE, kicking off a series of repairs, expansions and renovations in subsequent centuries. By 1012, it had four courtyards and over 300 rooms. An imperial palace-style wall was added. After a fire in 1499, it was rebuilt to its present scale.

Confucius Forest

Located in the north of Qufu city, it is the exclusive Cemetery of Confucius and his families. At the same time, it is the largest clan cemetery in the world. The number of trees in the cemetery has reached more than 10,000 since Confucius’ disciple Zigong firstly planted.

According to the remarkable scholar Guo Moruo, the Cemetery of Confucius is not only a natural museum but also a chronicle of the Kong family.

In the beginning, when Confucius passed away, his pupils buried him along the Sishui River of Shandong province, and later, as the status of Confucius increased, the scale of the cemetery was expanded. Now the wall of the cemetery is as long as 7.25 kilometers, 3 meters tall and 5 meters thick, covering an area of 2,000 square meters, much bigger than Qufu city.

As the clan cemetery, burial has been uninterrupted during 2,000, so it remains a valuable source for the study of funeral customs since the Spring and Autumn period. As yet, there are more than 10,000 trees, some of which are even strange for common people!

No wonder it is known by the epithet of natural botanical garden. In effect, the Cemetery of Confucius deserves the name of tablet forest, in that pyramids of tablets inscribed by celebrities of different generations can be found here and there.

Day 6Qufu-hith speed train-Qingdao (American Breakfast, Lunch)

After breakfast, you will take high speed train to Qingdao, after arrival, you will visit the urban district of Qingdao.

Visit the symbol of Qingdao——Zhanqiao Pier. Take a walk in Badaguan (Eight Great Passes) Villas Area to enjoy some European-style villages. Get to the top of Little Fish Hill to have a bird’s eye view of old Qingdao.

Then go to visit The Guesthouse, a huge German castle. Then to drink fresh draft beer in Tsingtao Beer Museum.

Go to the new urban area to visit May 4th Square and Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.

Day 7Qingdao - Lao Mountain-Qingdao (American Breakfast, Lunch)

Today you will visit a famous mountain by the sea—Lao Mountain.

First, go to the south line to enjoy the sea and the mountain and go visit the 2,140 year-old Taoist temple—Taiqing Palace. Take the cable car to go to the peak of the Mountain.

Day 8Qingdao - Hometown (American Breakfast)

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your homeward flight.

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