Day 2 Beijing
Spend the whole day to discover the Tian’anmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace by tourist bus. The Forbidden City (UNESCO) is the imperial place where the emperors of the Ming and the Qing Dynasties ruled for nearly 500 years (1420-1911). The Tian’anmen Square is the world’s largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place. The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO), where ancient Chinese emperors made sacrifices to Heaven and prayed for bountiful harvests, demonstrates the supreme achievement of traditional Chinese architecture. The Summer Palace (UNESCO) is the largest imperial garden in the world.
Day 3 Beijing - Puwa Town (160 km)
Day 4 Puwa Town - Taiyuan (490 km)
Day 5 Taiyuan - Pingyao (85 km)
Have a visit to the Jinci Temple, comprised of dozens of ancient buildings and dated at over 2,000 years old. Built in Han people style, the Jinci temple is a unique and precious historical cultural site where you can find a good combination of Chinese ancient worship buildings, gardens, statues, frescos and tablet inscriptions. Then, drive to Pingyao, and stay overnight at the parking lot outside of the Pingyao.
Day 6 Pingyao - Hukou (300 km)
Today, you will explore Pingyao Ancient City. The Ancient City of Pingyao (UNESCO), a well-preserved ancient Chinese city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, is a must-see attraction for you. You will admire the Ancient City Wall built with bricks and stones. Approach to Rishengchang Bank - the first bank of China, and get impressed by the Old Government Buildings. The courtyard houses, narrow streets and small shops in the city provide a complete picture of China’s cultural and social lifestyle during that period of time. Later, proceed to Hukou and appreciate the spectacular waterfall scenery at sunset.
Day 7 Hukou - Luochuan - Xi’an (400 km)
Day 8 Xi’an
Day 9 Xi’an - Luoyang (410 km)
After breakfast, leave for Luoyang and visit the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes is one of the Three Major Buddhist Grottoes in China. Carved 1500 years ago, the grottoes are the long-established art form which plays a significant role in the evolution of Buddism in Asian. It has over 100,000 Buddhist images and statues inside. Then, visit the Tian-zi-jia-liu (means six-carriage for the emperor) Museum, which is built on a large-scale chariot-pits site.
Day 10 Luoyang - Shaolin Temple - Yangcheng (260 km)
In the morning, hit the road to the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng. Listed in the World cultural heritage list, the Shaolin Temple is world-famous for its connection with Chinese martial arts - Shaolin Kung Fu. Afterwards, drive to Yangcheng, where you will have a visit to the Prime Minister’s Residence. The name of the residence was originated with emperor Kangxi and his master premier Chen tingjing in the Qing Dynasties.
Day 11 Yangcheng - Jiaozuo - Hunxian - Guoliang Village (260 km)
Set off to Guoliang Village, passing through Jiaozuo and Hunxian on the way. The highlight of Guoliang Village is the tunnel road dug in the cliff. It took 13 villagers 5 years to finish the 1300-meter long tunnel road without modern facilities. This tunnel is 5-meter high and 4-meter wide. It is well known as the long corridor in the cliff and praised as the 9th wonder of the world.
Day 12 Guoliang Village - Qufu (400 km)
Today, leave for Qufu, the hometown of Confucius. Pay a visit to the Temple of Confucian and the Kong Family’s Mansion. The Temple of Confucian is built on the site of Confucius' former residence, and recognized as the first Temple of Confucius in the history. It has a wide influence for the typical oriental architectures. The Kong Family’s Mansion was used to be the residence of Confucius and his families. The Mansion boasts luxury furnishings, exquisite decorations, and precious cultural relics.
Day 13 Qufu - Tai’an (80 km)
Today, drive to Tai’ana and take a visit to the Mount Tai (UNESCO). You'll take a cable car to go up the mountain. It is reputed as the top one of the 'Five Sacred Mountains in China'. In the history, many poets and literary scholars also visited Mount Tai to gain inspiration and you could find many cultural relics and stylish stone tablets left by them.
Day 14 Tai’an - Wuqiao (200 km)
Day 15 Wuqiao - Eastern Qing Tombs (360 km)
In the morning, set off to the Eastern Qing Tombs, which are imperial mausoleum complex of the Qing dynasty located in Zunhua, Hebei province. They are the largest, most complete, and best preserved extant mausoleum complex in China. Altogether, 5 emperors, 15 empresses, 136 imperial concubines, 3 princes, and 2 princesses of the Qing dynasty are buried here. Surrounded by the Changrui Mountain, Jinxing Mountain, Huanghua Mountain, and Yingfei Daoyang Mountain, the tomb complex stretches over a total area of 80 square kilometers.