Backroads to Beijing - 8 days

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Take the road less travelled from Shanghai to Beijing. Explore the scintillating city of Shanghai and cultural Qufu, birthplace of Confucius. Cruise the picturesque waterways of Suzhou and admire the views from the summit of holy Mt Tai Shan. Visit a local village, meet the children of a kindergarten school, have lunch with a local family and more on this fascinating 8 day tour.

  • Shanghai - Shanghai Plaza Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huang River skyline of Pudong City
  • Suzhou - UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Lingering Garden
  • Qufu – UNESCO listed Confucius Mansion, temple and forest
  • Bu Yung village – village, homestead and kindergarten
  • Jinan – UNESCO listed Mt Tai Shan (Peaceful Mountain). Heaven Street, Cloud Bridge, Jade Emperor’s Temple
  • Beijing - extend your stay to explore the capital
Age Policy
16+  if accompanied by an adult
  • China
  • Asia
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Cultural
  • Singles
  • History
Day 1: Shanghai

Saturday. Arrive into Shanghai airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Shanghai

Today we explore the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai. On our guided tour of the city we'll visit the iconic Oriental Pearl TV tower, Shanghai’s Bund, where on and around the waterfront promenade are a vast series of grandiose pre-1949 buildings, the picturesque Yuyuan Gardens and the Old City. This evening enjoy a cruise on the Huangpu River and admire Shanghai's incredible illuminated skyline.

Day 3-4: Suzhou
( overnight in Shanghai (1) Sleeper Train to Qufu (1))
Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai - Qufu. Today we visit the picturesque and ancient city of Suzhou, which is reminiscent of Venice with its series of canals and pretty waterways. Here we enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal and visit a silk workshop.

There’s plenty to see and do in Shanghai and day 4 is free for you to venture to the Old City, French Quarter or opt to shop along the famous Nanjing road. This evening we bunk down in our soft sleeper train cabins en route to Qufu.

Day 5: Qufu

This morning we arrive into Qufu, birthplace of Confucius and home to the remarkable Confucius Temple. With 466 rooms and over a kilometre long, the complex was built and dedicated to the Kong clan, descendants of the great sage, who lived here continuously for more than 2,500 years, spanning 77 generations. Today we explore the mansion and temple before taking a rickshaw ride around the city wall with a visit to the eerie Confucius forest. The forest is studded with tombs and graves of Kong family members dating back some centuries. This evening we take a stroll through the colourful night market.

Day 6: Jinan

Qufu – Bu Yang Village - Mt Tai Shan – Jinan. This morning we take a short drive to Bu Yang Village. In this traditional village the principles of Communism, communal work and land ownership are somewhat still in place. Here's we'll enjoy a light lunch at Mr Peng’s (one of the party officials) home. Seated around the family’s low to the ground lazy Susan, Mrs Peng serves up local dishes and copious bottles of beer. This is a real taste of village life! A short stroll leads us to the village prep-school, where we'll visit the classroom to meet the children who will all be vying for our attention.

After our visit to the school we travel on to Mt Tai Shan, perhaps the holiest of the five Chinese holy mountains devoted to Taoism. Whilst flocks of pilgrims climb the 6000 or more steps to the summit, we will take the cable car. With stunning scenery and many ancient temples dotting the slopes we will visit Heaven Street, Cloud Bridge and the Jade Emperor’s temple. A short drive takes us to Jinan where we spend the night.

Day 7: Jinan

Jinan - Beijing. Today we embark on a short city sightseeing tour of Jinan, capital of Shandong province in Eastern China, and enjoy a fabulous Hotpot lunch. Afternoon express train journey to Beijing.

Day 8: Beijing

Saturday. Tour ends after breakfast and included onward transfer to Beijing Capital Airport. Or consider extending your stay to explore China's bustling capital.

  • Shanghai Airport arrival transfers on day 1 and departure transfer on day 8 from Beijing Capital Airport
  • 7 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • 6 nights 3 - 4 star hotels, 1 overnight train: Shanghai - Qufu (4-berth soft sleeper cabin)
  • Touring of Shanghai, Suzhou, Qufu and Jinan
  • Shanghai - Huangpu River cruise
  • Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
  • Return cable car journey – Mt Tai Shan
  • Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
  • English speaking specialist guides at local sights
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

NB - the following are not included:

-International flights and visa
-Tip for your tour guide is not included in the Tip Kitty. We suggest USD$3-5 per day, per traveller for a job well done, however the amount is up to you
-Laundry, drinks, items of a personal nature
-Entrance Fees: USD$110-120pp, paid in local currency

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