ZHENGZHOU, LUOYANG, QUFU, TAI’AN, QINGDAO
Outdoor & Adventure, History & Culture, Off the Beaten
Henan and Shandong are truly the cradle of Chinese civilization. From the sites of the earliest dynasties, Xia, Shang and Zhou to names that defined Chinese legacy like Confucius and Shaolin Temple, this trip weaves you through the very best of
Explore the sites with special in-depth arrangements – archaeologist and local specialists take us to places not open to the public and sessions with experts let us experience legacy hands on.
Twin Sharing: S$ 6,880 per person
Single Supplement: S$ 1,280 per person
Early Bird Offer
First two bookings with deposit (limit to two rooms) will get free room upgrade to One Bedroom King Suite at Hilton Zhengzhou for two nights
20% deposit at sign up
*Registration Closing Date
18 Jul 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed
Upon arrival in Zhengzhou, the capital city of Henan, transfer to your hotel.
Today, we will do an excursion to Anyang, a 2.5-hour drive to Henan’s northernmost city that is the earliest capital of China in written record. Visit the Museum of Ancient Chinese Characters and get an opportunity to decode the oracle bone scripts.
Head to the Mausoleum of Yuan Shikai, an important political and military figure in modern Chinese history. Proceed to visit UNESCO-listed Yin Xu Archaeological Museum which exhibits ruins and cultural relics of Shang Dynasty. Then, return to Zhengzhou.
Embark on 2-hour drive to Mount Song to explore some of the UNESCO-listed historic monuments of Dengfeng. Visit the world-famous Shaolin Temple, China’s earliest Chan Buddhism monastery as well as the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu (martial arts). Watch a live Kung Fu show by the Shaolin monks, followed by a specially arranged Kung Fu class to experience the charm of Chinese martial arts.
Drive another 1 hour for a private visit of the Three Gate Towers of the Han Dynasty, namely the Taishi Gate Tower, Shaoshi Gate Tower, and Qimu Gate Tower. Continue for about a two-hour drive to Luoyang.
Luoyang, the birthplace of Heluo Culture and Chinese Civilization, where a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site awaits. Keep your eyes peeled for the most impressive collection of Chinese Buddhist art at the Longmen Grottoes and visit specially selected caves with an expert from the Longmen Research Institute to admire the stone carvings up-close.
Be guided by an archaeologist at Han-Wei Ancient Luoyang City National Archaeological Site Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site encompassing ruins of the ancient capital city.
Visit the Erlitou Site Museum of the Xia Capital, which consists of palaces, residential areas, pottery and copper casting workshops, cellars, tombs and other relics that were excavated. Participate in an archaeological excavation experience using a tomb raider tool called Luoyang shovel.
After lunch, transfer to the high-speed railway station and board the high-speed train of 3.5-hour journey to Qufu, which was the capital of the State of Lu during the Spring and Autumn Period.
Qufu is renowned to be the hometown of Confucius, the famous Chinese sage, philosopher and educator. Visit the UNESCO-listed “Three Confucian Sites” – Kong Family Mansion, Temple and Cemetery of Confucius.
Thereafter, drive 2 hours to Tai’an. In the evening, watch a large-scale outdoor performance – “Mount Tai Grand Worship Ceremony”, depicting ancient emperors of various dynasties worshipping to heaven and earth.
This morning, we will take a roundtrip cable car to admire the magnificent scenery from the top of Mount Tai, the prime of the five sacred mountains in China, and has a dual status as a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage site. Mount Tai is deemed a holy mountain for Buddhism and Taoism, hence there are numerous historical temples and sites on this mountain.
Afterwards, drive about 4.5 hours to Qingdao, a coastal city in eastern Shandong Province.
After breakfast, head to the scenic ‘Eight Great Passes’ and admire the Huashi Building, a villa built in 1930 by a Russian aristocrat, which reflects Roman, Greek and Gothic architectural style.
Proceed to Tsingtao Beer Museum to understand its history, brewing technology, and have a taste of this popular beer. Qingdao was once colonized by Germans, who transformed the former fishing village into a relatively big city with seaport and military facilities. View the well-preserved German-style architectures such as Villa Anna and Former German Governor’s Residence.
Film and cinema have contributed greatly to Qingdao’s history and culture since early 1900s. Visit Qingdao 1907 Film Museum, situated at the former site of the German Naval Club, where China’s first commercial film screening took place in 1907.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Hilton Zhengzhou • Christian’s Hotel Luoyang • JW Marriott Hotel Qufu • Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Taian • The St. Regis Qingdao
Ideally situated in the Central Business District and connected to the Manhattan Commercial Plaza.
(Opened in 2014; Rooms: 448)
A modern boutique hotel with a different design theme for each floor. It is in the downtown business district of Luoyang City and nearby Xinduhui Shopping Park.
(Renovated in 2018; Rooms: 96)
Located within the Qufu Ming Ancient City and adjacent to UNESCO World Heritage Kong Family Mansion and Temple of Confucius. The hotel’s architectural style is simple and elegant, while its exterior blends into the surrounding ancient Chinese buildings.
(Opened in 2019; Rooms: 197)
Situated in the heart of Taian city, with the foothills of Mountain Tai as backdrop. It is 500m from the entrance of Taishan Mountain Scenic Area.
(Opened in 2006; Rooms: 327)
A 5-star luxury hotel located in the 369m-high landmark Haitian Center in the southern district of Qingdao. This hotel is adjacent to Fushan Bay, facing ‘Eight Great Passes’ historic buildings to the west, May Fourth Square, Olympic Sailing Center and Hong Kong Road commercial circle to the east.
(Opened in 2021; Rooms: 233)
Cathay Pacific Airways
16 Oct, Singapore – Hong Kong (CX 714), 01:45 – 05:50
16 Oct, Hong Kong – Zhengzhou (CX 952), 12:45 – 15:20
24 Oct, Qingdao – Hong Kong (CX 951), 14:50 – 18:15
24 Oct, Hong Kong – Singapore (CX 715), 20:45 – 00:35+1
Registration Closing Date: 18 Jul 2023 or when tour is fully subscribed
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