Beijing and Taishan-Confucius Temple Chinese Culture 8 days Tour
Price from: US$ 770 /Per
Day 1,Arrival Beijing
Arrive in Beijing, the Capital city of China, be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.Beijing, China’s capital and one of the great travel destinations of the World, offers sights and cultural relics found no where else on Earth.
Depart from your hotel in the morning to visit Tian’anmen Square, the World’s largest urban square and the Forbidden City, the largest and most complete ancient imperial palace in the world. Then stop at the Temple of Heaven for a visit.
Tian’anmen Square covering 44 hectares in the heart of Beijing. It is the place where history-changing events and ceremonies occurred. A few steps away, come to visit the Forbidden City, which was the Imperial Palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. After enjoying a delicious lunch, continue on to the Temple of Heaven. Departing from the Imperial vermilion and gold hues of the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven is decorated in blue, the color of the Heavens. The perfect harmony between the architectural environment and nature can be felt here; you might easily imagine the vivid spectacle of a great sacrifice to the Heavens for a good harvest. The magnificent Hall of Prayer of Good Harvest is one of the most important and impressive building in China.This evening, Peking Roasted Duck is your optional dinner.
One of the best known attractions in China is the Great Wall, a massive defensive structure built to keep intruders from entering the mainland. Today you will have the opportunity to traverse the ancient steps of Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall. This afternoon, the coach will drop us off at the nearby Ming Tomb for a visit.
Mutianyu Great WallMutianyu Great Wall was first built in the mid-6th century during the Northern Qi, making it older than the Badaling section. It is connected with Jiankou in the west and Lianhuachi and Jinshanling in the east. In 1569, the Mutianyu Great Wall was rebuilt, mainly with granite and is one of the best-preserved sections with the largest construction scale and best quality among all sections of Great Wall, being 7-8 meters high and 4-5 meters wide with 22 watchtowers on this 2,250-meter-long section. It served as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs.
The Ming Tombs which located in the northern suburbs of Beijing. Altogether there are thirteen tombs of Ming Dynasty Emperors from the period after the capital was moved from Nanjing to Beijing. You’ll visit the Changling Tomb, burial site of Emperor Yong Le, the biggest and first built at this historic site. In the evening, we offer you an opportunity to enjoy Peking Opera.
In the morning explore the Yonghe Palace; the artworks combined Han Chinese and Tibetan styles. Then take a truly special excursion to the Hutongs. Richshaws will take you through those narrow alleyways to reach the Shiheyuan of a local Beijing residence. Here you can stop for a culture glimpse at how life is lived deep in these ancient streets.
Yonghe PalaceLocated in the northeastern part of Beijing, Yonghe Palace is a temple and monastery of the Geluk School of Tibetan Buddhism. The building and the artworks of the temple combine Han Chinese and Tibetan styles and can be dated back to A.D 1694 during the Qing Dynasty. It originally served as an official residence for court eunuchs.
After Yongzheng’s death in 1735, his coffin was placed in the temple. The Qianlong Emperor, Yongzheng’s successor, gave the temple imperial status signified by having its turquoise tiles replaced with yellow tiles which were reserved for the emperor. Subsequently, the monastery became a residence for large numbers of Tibetan Buddhist monks from Mongolia and Tibet.
In the morning, you will take a short flight to Jinan, Shandong Province. On arrival, you will have chance to visit the Baotu Spring Park, one of the most famous tourism sites there, and Daming Lake.
Baotu SpringThe name "Jinan" literally means "south of the Ji River" and refers to the old Ji River that had flowed to the north of the city until the middle of the 19th century, though it has disappeared in 1852 when the Yellow River changed its course northwards and took over its bed. The area of present-day Jinan has been inhabited for more than 4000 years. Jinan has its own cuisine, the Jinan style of the Lu cuisine, one the Eight Culinary Traditions of China. Known as the "City of Springs", Jinan is abundant in large number of natural artesian springs.
Daming Lake, which literally translates as Lake of Great Light, is the largest lake in this city. Located to the north of the historical city center, the lake is fed by the artesian Karst springs of the area and hence retains a fairly constant water level through the entire year. The lake is mentioned in the ancient "Commentary on the Waterways Classic" by Northern Wei Dynasty writer and geographer Li Daoyuan.
Day 6,Jinan -Taishan
In the morning, you will take hours driving down to Taian City for the visits to Mt. Taishan, the foremost of the Five Sacred Mountains in China. It is a challenging climb up to the Mt. Taishan for more than 1,605 steps.
Mt. TaishanMt. Taishan is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the city Taian. The tallest peak is Jade Emperor Peak, which is commonly reported at the height of1545 meters". It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. The Chinese idiom "Mount Tai & Big Dipper" is an epithet for a person of great distinction.
Day 7,Mt. Taishan-Qufu
Today, continue your driving to Qufu, the birthplace of Confucius. Upon arrival, visit the Confucius tourism complex which includes Confucius Temple, the Confucian Cemetery and the Confucius Mansion.
Confucius Temple Qufu is the birthplace of Confucius, it contains numerous of historic palaces, temples and cemeteries. Many of the major cultural sites in the city are all associated with Confucius, such as he Confucius tourism complex (Temple of Confucius, the Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion), which has been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1994.
The buildings inside are traditionally Chinese style; it separates official rooms in the front from the residential quarters in the rear. Furthermore, the spatial distribution of the buildings according to the seniority, gender, and status of their inhabitants reflects the Confucian principle of order and hierarchy.
You back to Jinan in the morning then for a short flight to Beijing.Chice in hotel ,Have a rest, free time.overnight in beijing,end the tour.