Come to Tai’an and visit the first of the five sacred mountains where emperors in ancient times prayed for the fortunes of the nation -Mount Taishan. A place full of culture and history supported by beautiful scenic surroundings. It will make your travel in China very special.

Tai’an is located in Shandong Province and lies at the south foot of Mount Taishan. The city is surrounded by other famous cities like Jinan and Qufu as well as by the Yellow River.  Besides Mount Taishan which is the most celebrated attraction there are also other scenic spots such as the Peach Blossom Ravine and Dai Temple. Additionally to the scenic spots, the area also offers a long history. The Mount Taishan was the first of the countries five sacred mountains. Here the emperors climbed to the top in order to pray for the nation’s fortune. The mountain also was a focal point for religions of Buddhism and Taoism. The temples in Tai’an are worth a visit. They as well as the other sites can easily be reached by public transportation or taxis.

Besides sightseeing visitors can also taste delicious local food. The people of Shandong are known as eaters of scallion wrapped in pancake. It is said that the food of Shandong reflects the uncomplicated and honest nature of the local people.

Must-sees in Tai’an

Dai Temple

Dai Temple is a magnificent Taoist temple and is located in town where all the roads lead. It is the largest and best-preserved architectural complex on Mt. Taishan. Together with the Forbidden City in Beijing, the Temple of Confucius, the Kong Family Mansion and the cemetery of Confucius in Qufu and the Mountain Resort in Chengde, the Dai Temple is one of the most famous ancient architectural complexes. For visitors who pilgrim to the mountain, the temple is traditionally the first stop.

The Temple covers an area of 96000 square meters and was constructed in the Han Dynasty (206BC-220) and has been renovated by the emperors in the past dynasties since. Here the emperors made sacrifice to the Gods of Heaven and Hearth and worship the God of Mount Taishan.

The Dai Temple is also famous for its stone tablets. Here one can find many stone inscriptions of different history periods. The most famous are the inscriptions of Li Si, the Prime Minister in the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC). Besides the inscriptions visitors can also find some cultural relics, offerings and the sacrificial utensils bestowed by the emperors in the temple.

Mount Taishan

Mount Taishan is claimed to be the first of the “Five Sacred Mountains” and is located in the center of Shandong Province. The Jade Emperor Summit is its main peak and is about 1532.7 meters high. The mountain became the name Mt. Taishan in the Spring and Autumn Period (770BC-476BC) and has become a symbol of Chinese Culture in current times. In 1987 the mountain was listed in the World Natural and Cultural Heritage List of the UNESCO.

In ancient times each emperor who wanted to ascend to the throne, climbed the mountain in order to pray to heaven and earth or to their ancestors. It is said that 72 emperors of different dynasties climbed Mount Taishan. Additionally also many poets and literary scholars came to the mountain to gain inspiration. Moreover the mountain played an important art in the development of Buddhism and Taoism.

Among visitors the mountain became famous especially because of its historic relics and the unique natural scenery. If you come to the mountain you should not miss to see the four wonders: Sunrise from the East, the Sunset Glow, the Sea of Clouds and the Golden Belt along the Yellow River.

 

The city Tai’an accompanied by Mount Taishan is a highlight in any travel to Shandong Province and always leaves a good impression to any visitor. Come to Shandong Province and make your travel in China a very special experience.

Jack Li
 

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