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Buddhist Study Tour
 

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing (D)
Arrive at Beijing, the capital city of China, and transferred to the hotel to relax and adjust to the time difference.

Day 2 Beijing (B, L, D)
After breakfast you begin with a tour to the world's largest and renowned public square where many historical events once took place - Tian'anmen Square. Around the vast square, you can see The Great Hall of People, holding the congress of the Communist Party and National People's Congress, History Museum, Military Museum and Monuments to the People's heroes. Under the famous Mao's portrait, which is positioned at the center of "The Gate of Heavenly Peace" entrance, you will walk into the Forbidden City (also known as Imperial Palace), which holds 9,999 rooms. Experience the intricate architecture and exquisitely designed layout of these grand buildings once housed by Chinese Emperors who ruled during the period of the Qing and Ming Dynasties for almost 500 years (1420-1911). Thereafter, you will visit the Great Wall of China, also considered as one of the greatest wonders of the world. This massive wall stretches well over 4,000 miles and once was used as the soldier's safeguard to protect the Chinese empire's northern borders against invaders.

Day 3 Beijing - Wutai (B, L, D)
We spend the whole day visiting the Buddhist temples in Beijing, including Temple of the Sleeping Buddha, Yonghe Lamasery, Temple of Pool and Three-Bristle Cudrania, White Cloud Temple. Situated on the east side of Yonghegong Street in the northeastern corner of the city, the Yonghe Lamasery is the largest and best-known lamasery in Beijing. The principal components are three exquisite memorial archways and five major halls, all of which stand on a north-south axis. The total area of the compound calculated from the southernmost memorial archway to the lamasery's northernmost point is 66,400 square meters. Tanzhesi Temple (the Pool and Cudrania Temple) is located among the peaks of West Hill about 45 kilometres west of Beijing City. The name comes from the Dragon Pool behind the temple and the rare three-bristle cudranias growing on the hills. It is well known that "Tanzhesi Temple was built before Beijing." It was built in the Jin Dynasty (265-420) when it was known as the Jiafusi Temple. It has as such existed for more than 1600 years. You will take the afternoon train from Beijing to Wutai (K603  17:03/23:11). Upon you arrival, you'll be met by our guide and transferred to your hotel.

Day 4 Wutai Mountain (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we drive for less than 2 hours to reach Wutai Montain. Lying at the northeast corner of Wutai County, the mountain is one of China's four sacred mountains famous in Buddhist religion. Standing at 3,058 meters above sea level, it was seen as the "roof of northern China." Covering an area of 2,837 square kilometers, Wutai Mountain enjoys a picturesque landscape, including peculiar-shaped cliffs summit, ancient pine and cypress trees enchanting wisps of clouds drifting around the mountain, and magnificent and splendid pavilions and halls. The area's biggest attractions are the numerous Buddhist temples. Mt. Wutai contains some of the most imposing structures and a huge variety of well-preserved Buddhist art works including painted sculptures, frescoes to refer to the area as "a treasure trove of art". Mt. Wutai is believed to be the palace where Manjusri lived and preached and so most of statues found here are in his image.

Day 5 Wutai Mountain (B, L, D)
For hundreds of years, Wutai Mountain has been China's most sacred Buddhist ground mainly because it was where the highly revered Manjusri, the Bodhisattva of wisdom, once lived and taught Buddhism. As the most trusted aide of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, he drew emperors from various dynasties here on pilgrimage, adding more significance to the mountain. Furthermore, Wutai Mountain is China's only holy mountain where both Chinese Buddhism and Tibetan Lamaism are practiced. Dalai Lamas, Panchen Lamas and Lcangskyahothogthu (a living Buddha) have visited and preached here, some are even buried here. We'll spending another whole exploring this sacred mountain and Buddhist cultural relics. We'll also have viewing of Buddhist rituals.

Day 6 Wutai Mountain - Taiyuan - Chengdu (B, L, D)
Go back to Taiyuan by bus. On the way, you will visit the Jingci Temple. The temple is also endowed with a rich cultural legacy. It was expanded during the Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties until it attained its present scale. There were more than 80 halls built prior to the Qing Dynasty, occupying an area of more than 10,000 square meters. The centerpiece of the entire cluster is the Hall of the Holy Mother, enshrined with 33 painted sculptures of servant maids of the Song Dynasty. These sculptures are one of the Jinci Temple's three wonders. The two other wonders are two trees - a cypress tree dating back to the Zhou Dynasty and a Chinese scholar tree planted in the Sui Dynasty - and a spring that keeps gurgling to this day. We take the evening flight to Chengdu. Be met at Chengdu airport and transferred to you hotel.

Day 7 Mt. Emei (B, L, D)
In the morning, we drive for 2 houts to reach Emei Mountain. With an elevation of 3,099 meters, it is located 165 kilometers from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, and is one of the four mountain ranges in China that Buddhists consider sacred. The mountain stretches more than 200 kilometers from south to north. Its main peak, Wanfo Top, is 3,099 meters above sea level. Since ancient times Emei Mountain has been described as "Beauty Under Heaven." Temples were built as early as the Eastern Han Dynasty (24-220) and Buddhism was introduced to the mountain during the Jin Dynasty. In the Ming and Qing dynasties there were more than 150 temples. A legend claims that the mountain was where Samantabhadra gave lectures on Buddhism and most temples house a statue of Samantabhadra. The main scenic spots on the mountain include the Baoguo Temple, Wannian Temple, Fohu Temple, Qingyin Pavilion, Heilongjiang Tunnel, Hongchun Platform, Xianfeng Temple (Jiulao Cave), Xixiang Pond and Golden Summit. You will spending the whole day exploring the Buddist cultural relics.

Day 8 Mt. Emei - Chengdu - Hangzhou (B, L, D)
You continue to visit the sacred Buddhist mountain until getting down the mountain to drive back to Chengdu where you'll take the evening flight to Hangzhou, a beautiful city in east China. Be met and transferred to your hotel in Hangzhou.

Day 9-10 Mt. Putuo (B, L, D)
Today, you will be visiting Putuo Mountain, one of four sacred Buddhist mountains in China. It takes you about 5 hour to reach Putuo, including the time for the speed boat from Bansheng Dong Pier to the mountain proper. Putuo Shan , sometimes referred to as "the fairy-like land of the Immortals" by the Chinese, is one of the four Chinese mountains sacred to Buddhism, and undoubtedly one of the most charming places in the whole of eastern China. It is quiet and serene, with no honking cars or department stores, only endless vistas of blue sea, sandy beaches and lush green hills dotted with ancient monasteries. Putuo - the centre of the cult of Guanyin , Goddess of Mercy - has been attracting Buddhist pilgrims from all over northeast Asia for at least a thousand years, and there are many legends to account for the island's status. At one time there were four thousand monks squeezed onto the island, and even as late as 1949 the Buddhist community numbered around two thousand. We stay in Putuo Shan for overnight.

Day 11 Hangzhou - Mt. Jiuhua (B, L, D)
In the morning, we'll take the speed boat again to get to the Bansheng Dong Pier and drive to Jiuhuashan, the last sacred Buddhist mountain on your itinerary. The whole journey takes you about 6 hours by bus. On the way you can enjoy the picturesque countryside scenery which will accopamy you untill you reach Jiuhua Mountain. After dinner, we'll go to Qiyuan Temple to observe Buddhist rituals. Stay overnight at Jiuhua Shan.

Day 12-13 Mt. Jiuhua (B, L, D)
Mount Jiuhua is located in the Qingyang County of the Anhui Province and covers more than 100 square kilometres in area. The Shiwang Mountain, the main peak, is 1342 meters above sea level. Mount Jiuhua is full of waterfalls, streams, exotic-looking boulders, ancient caves, old pines and exuberant bamboo. You'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 in 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. Stay in the same hotel.

Day 14 Mt. Jiuhua - Tunxi - Shanghai (B, L, D)
After breakfast at your hotel, we'll be visiting more temples. Thereafter, we get down the mountain and drive for about 2 hours to reach Tunxi, downtown of Huangshan City, where we'll viisit the lovely Old Street, center of the old town section. You will take the flight from Tunxi to Shanghai in the afternoon. Upon your arrival, be met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 15 Departure (B)
After breakfast, you'll be sent to the airport for your departure. End of trip

The package price is USD2150 per person for a group of 2-6 pax.

 
 
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