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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Shandong on a private 2-night tour from Shanghai. You’ll see the Temple of Confucius, Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion after riding the world’s fastest railway to Qufu. Then, ascend Mt Tai (Tai Shan) by bus and cable car to explore its many gates and temples. Your knowledgeable private guide will enlighten you about Confucius, the great philosopher of ancient China, whose system of belief still shapes Chinese culture today.


  • 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
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Multiple departure times and locations available
Discover elements of Chinese culture through the eyes of Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism on this private 2-night tour of Shandong Province. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Qufu along with sacred places at the summit of Mt Tai. Take a high-speed train round-trip from Shanghai or continue to Beijing – it’s your choice – with pickup and drop-off at the train stations by private vehicle. Your tour includes two nights’ accommodation at the Qufu Queli Hotel plus breakfast and lunch.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Shanghai railway station
Departure Time:
3 days, 2 nights
Return Details:
Returns to the original departure point

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Shanghai Round-Trip
Code: CTPSD-03

2-night Shandong tour. Accommodations are on a sharing basis. Tour departs from Shanghai and returns to Shanghai

USD $426.00
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Shanghai to Beijing
Code: CTPSD-04

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

USD $396.00
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Private Tour: 2-Night Shandong by Bullet Train from Shanghai Including Temple of Confucius

Private Tour: 2-Night Shandong Tour by Bullet Train from Shanghai or Beijing: Mt. Tai and Qufu

  • Round-trip bullet train fare
  • 2 nights accommodation at the Qufu Queli Hotel
  • 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: Shanghai – Qufu
Make your way to the Shanghai railway station and ride the bullet train for 3 hours to Qufu aboard 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. After check-in, spend your free evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Qufu Queli Hotel in Qufu

Day 2: Qufu (B, L)
After breakfast at your hotel, meet your guide for a 4- to 6-hour private tour of the Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion that make up one amazing UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Your first stop is 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 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 – Shanghai or Beijing (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 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 to Tai'an Station by private vehicle. Here, board the bullet train and either head back to Shanghai or continue on to Beijing (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: Garrick W, Australia, January 2017

Our guides were very friendly and helpful. Touring Confucius Temple, Mansion and family Cemetery was interesting - quite a lot of restoration work has occurred and it's easy to get around. Seeing Confucius tomb was a highlight along with his son and grandson's too. Mt Tai'an was very much a highlight - excellent views with surreal atmosphere. A wonderful day trip. Being able to stand next to the monument depicted on the 5 Yuan note was special. Definitely value for money trip and glad we added this to our overall China excursion.

Reviewed by: Glenn W, August 2015

Absolutely fantastic. Our guides were knowledgable and took great care of us.