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China Buddhist Tour

Day 1 Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive in Shanghai and be transferred to the hotel.

Day 2 Shanghai (B, L, D)
This morning we will be visiting the Jade Buddha Temple where we can look with reverence for two jade Buddha which came from Myanmar in the year of 1882. Then we will sightsee the Bund in modern Shanghai and highest tower in Asia - the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. Stay at the same hotel in Shanghai.

Day 3 Shanghai - Putuo (B, L, D)
In the morning we will take the speed boat to Putuo Mountain. Located on one of the Zhoushan Islands about 100 sea miles off the eastern coast of Hangzhou Bay in Zhejiang Province, it is one of the four famous Buddhist shrines in China, covering an area of 12.5 square kilometers. Built in the Song Dynasty, Puji Temple is regarded as the Bodhimandala of Bodhisattva Guanyin. Also included for today are the Fayu Temple and Thousand-step Beach. Stay at the hotel in Putuo Mountain.

Day 4 Putuo - Hangzhou (B, L, D)

Purple Bamboo Temple was built on the original site of Refuse-To-Leave Temple, the oldest temple in Putuoshan. A visit to it and Kwanyin Statue inside is our schedule for the morning. After lunch, a bus ride  to Hangzhou, a city widely reputed as "the Paradise on Earth". According to Marco Polo, Hangzhou was "without doubt the finest and most splendid city the world... there is said to be 13,000 bridges, mostly of stone... vast are the numbers of those accustomed to dainty living, to the point of eating fish and meat at one meal." Stay in the hotel in Hangzhou.

Day 5 Hangzhou - Tunxi (B, L, D)
After an excursion on the pictureque West Lake, symbol of Hangzhou City, we will be inside the Lingyin Temple (Soul's Retreat Temple) which was built in 326 by the Indian monk Hui Li; and Jingci Temple, another famous temple with a history of more than 1,000 years. Lingyin Temple attracts numerous pilgrims each year, both at home and abroad. Later we will drive for about 3 hours to reach Huangshan City. Stay in a downtown hotel. Since you'll have to carry everything yourself up Huangshan unless you hire a porter, it is advisable that you leave your big luggage in the hotel in downtown and bring only a small handbag or backpack with you up mountain.

Day 6 Mt. Huangshan (B, L, D)
A bus ride to Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area before taking the Yuping Cable-car up mountain from the western step. A three-and-half-hour hike will take you to sightsee the fantastic and unforgettable views, including the Jade Screen Peak, Welcoming-guest Pine Tree, Lotus Peak, Turtle Peak, Heavenly Sea Pavilion, Bright Top Peak, the Flying-over Rock, the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and Grand Canyon of the West Sea. Stay at the hotel on Huangshan Mountain.

Day 7 Huangshan - Jiuhua (B, L, D)
Descend the Mountain from the northern steps by Taiping Cable Car and drive for two hours to get to Jiuhua Mountain - one of the four most sacred Buddhist mountains in China. The mountain attracts a large number of pilgrims throughout China and overseas daily, a sign that China is more open and tolerant towards religious belief. We'll be visiting Huacheng Temple, the oldest and the leading monastery of Jiuhua Mountain which was built in Tang Dynasty (756-758). In the hall are preserved horizontal boards inscribed by emperors of the Qing Dynasty. Stay overnight up Jiuhua Mountain.

Day 8 Mt. Jiuhuashan (B, L, D)
A full day visiting and sightseeing up Jiuhua Mountain today. We'll take cable car to visit the Longevity Palace, which preserves a saint Buddhist Mummy, monk Wu Xia of the Ming Dynasty. The temple, built in the Ming Dynasty, is 871 meters above sea level. Besides, we'll also be visiting the Hall of Sacred Remains, Qiyuan Temple, one of the four biggest temples on the mountain and the Temple of the Heavenly Terrace which towers on a precipitous cliff of the Tiantai Peak and resembles a magnificent castle from a distance. After dinner, we'll go t o Qiyuan Temple to attend a Buddhist ceremony. Stay in the same hotel.

Day 9 Jiuhua - Cultural Heritage Site (B, L, D)
Drive for two and half hours to visit Hongcun Village - the main village in Yi County which was listed into the world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2000. The Oscar winning movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed there. Then we'll drive to visit Nanping Village (the place where the movie Judou was filmed). Drive back to visit the fantastic Old Street, center of the old town section. Leave Huangshan City by evening flight after dinner.

Hotel Accommodations (based on twin-sharing)

Location First Class Deluxe
Shanghai Zhongya Hotel *** Jiangsu Hotel ****
Putuo Putuo Villa *** Putuoshan Hotel ****
Hangzhou Peacock Hotel *** Zhejiang Amethyst Hotel ****
Mt. Huangshan Paiyunlou Hotel *** Beihai Hotel ****
Mt. Jiuhua Dongya Hotel *** Dongya Hotel ****

Tour Quotation (per person)

Category Seasons 6 Pax or more Single Supplement
First Class Low Season US$1108 US$158
High Season US$1183 US$204
Deluxe Low Season US$1175 US$225
High Season US$1288 US$306

Low Season: December, January, February
High Season: March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November

Note: The above package price includes land transportation, accommodation as specified, all meals, admission  fees, Huangshan cable car costs (roundtrip), speed boat from Shanghai to Putuo and English-speaking guide service throughout trip except when you are on the speed boat (See our guides). It does not include personal expense and/or gratuity to the guide and driver (See: Policy of Payment).

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