Tours & activities by Sacred Destinations from Viator

  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
From USD $473.75

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Ride the world’s fastest railway to Qufu and explore the attractions of Shandong on a private 2-night tour from Beijing. Visit the Temple of Confucius, Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion, all part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll learn about the great philosopher of ancient China, whose system of belief – Confucianism – still influences Chinese culture today. Then, ascend Mt Tai (Tai Shan) by bus and cable car to explore the many gates and temples with your expert private guide!


  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Breakfast included
  • Lunch included
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Round-trip train fares
  • Step back in time on a history tour
On your 2-night private tour of Shandong Province, discover the Buddhist and Taoist ceremonial sites of Mt Tai and learn about Chinese culture through the eyes of Confucianism. Ride the high-speed train round-trip from Beijing or continue to Shanghai if you’d prefer. Your tour includes pickup and drop-off at the train stations by private vehicle and two nights’ accommodation at the Qufu Queli Hotel plus breakfast and lunch.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Beijing railway station
Departure Time:
3 days, 2 nights

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Tour with Beijing Return
Code: CTPSD-01

2-Night Shandong Tour. Accommodations are on a sharing basis. Tour departs from Beijing and returns to Beijing.

USD $473.75
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Tour with Shanghai Return
Code: CTPSD-02

2-Night Shandong Tour. Accommodations are on a sharing basis. Tour departs from Beijing and concludes in Shanghai.

USD $508.75
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2-Night Best of Shandong Tour by Bullet Train from Beijing

Private Tour: 2-Night Shandong Tour by Bullet Train Including Mt Tai, Qufu and Temple of Confucius

  • Round-trip bullet train fare
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (recommended)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Passport information will be required in order to book bullet train tickets
Day 1: Beijing – Qufu
Make your way to the Beijing railway station and board the bullet train to Qufu for a 3-hour ride on the world’s fastest high-speed rail! You will be picked up by private vehicle upon arrival at Qufu East Station and driven approximately 30 minutes to your hotel, where you have the evening free to enjoy at your leisure.

Overnight: Qufu Queli Hotel in Qufu

Day 2: Qufu (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide and embark on a 4- to 6-hour privately guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion.

First, head to the Temple of Confucius (Confucius Temple), the largest historical building complex in China. Originally built in 478 BC to commemorate Confucius, the temple has been reconstructed over the centuries and today includes 104 buildings dating from the Jin to Qing dynasties. As you explore the 34-acre (14-hectare) site with your guide, admire the structures, whose architecture resembles that of Beijing's Forbidden City. Learn about their symbolic significance, built according to Confucian philosophy and design, including the complementary hues of red walls and yellow rooftops.

Walk through several courtyards adorned with small gates and surrounded by tall green pines, just some of the more than 1,250 ancient trees planted here. Your guide will point out the impressive stelae, Han stone reliefs, carved pictures and stone dragon carvings.

Next, visit the Kong Family Mansion, located a short distance from the temple. Kong is the family surname of Confucius, and this landmark is where many of his male descendants lived and worked. Initially constructed as a small family house linked to the temple, the mansion was rebuilt east of the temple in the late 19th century and developed into an aristocratic residence, of which 152 buildings and 100,000 collections from the Ming and Qing period remain.

Enjoy lunch before a drive to Confucius Cemetery, located about 1 mile (2 km) north of Qufu in the Confucian Forest. The family cemetery contains the tomb of Confucius and the remains of more than 100,000 of his descendants. After your private tour, you’ll have free time to explore some of the 452 acres (183 hectares) on your own.

Overnight: Qufu Queli Hotel in Qufu

Day 3: Qufu – Tai’an – Beijing or Shanghai (B, L)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before a full-day excursion to Mt Tai, a mountain of cultural and historical significance. Considered one of the Five Great Mountains in China, the natural monument has been a Buddhist and Taoist ceremonial center of worship for 3,000 years due to its association with birth and renewal.

After transferring from Qufu to Tai’an, an approximate 1-hour drive, arrive at the foot of Mt Tai, located just north of the city. From here, board a tourist bus with your private guide to the halfway point on the mountain, and complete the journey to the summit by cable car. View Mt Tai’s tallest peak, Jade Emperor Peak, which reaches 5,029 feet (1,533 meters) above sea level.

Your guide will take you to view the gates, grandiose temples, stone tablets and inscriptions located between the Taishan Temple and the Azure Clouds Temple. Visit the South Heaven Gate, situated at the top of some 7,000 stone steps that wind up the slopes, each offering a different view. Admire Heavenly Street (Tianjie Street), White Cloud Cave, Gongbei/Tanhai Stone and Sun Viewing Peak before lunch on the mountain or back in Tai’an.

After your tour, your guide will transfer you by private car to Tai'an Station. Here, board the bullet train and either head back to Beijing or continue on to Shanghai (depending on which option you select).
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Daniel C, March 2015

Loved our trip. We had over booked two tours and we were worried we would be out the money we spent with viatour. However, they helped us make things work. We had our personal guide, Ben. He was great. We loved every moment of it. Thanks

Reviewed by: John M, July 2014

An excellent tour. Well-organized, time well-spent, lots to see, all quite interesting. My guide, Eva, was well-informed, spoke English very well, and was easy to travel with. I enjoyed our conversations together and learned a lot. The breakfast at the Queli Hotel in Qufu could be improved (even the Chinese food).