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Mt. Tai

A Wuyueduzun Stone on Mt Tai (small)Mt. Tai is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the city of Tai'an, and to the south of the provincial capital Jinan in Shandong Province, China. 

Mt. Tai is one of the "Five Sacred Mountains". It extends from 150 to 1,545 metres above sea level and covers an area of 426 square kilometres at its base. The tallest peak is Jade Emperor Peak, is 1532.7 metres above the sea level. It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. The temples on its slopes have been a destination for pilgrims for 3,000 years.

The word "Tai" in Chinese means stability and peace. Powerful emperors in history like Qinshihuang of Qin Dynasty, Wudi (140-87 BC) of Han Dynasty, Taizong (626-649) of Tang Dynasty, and Taizu (960 – 976) of Song Dynasty, during their reign, China became united and strong, had all come and held grand ceremonies to pay respect to Mount Tai. The sacred Mount Tai was the object of an imperial cult for nearly 2,000 years, and the artistic masterpieces found there are in perfect harmony with the natural landscape. It has always been a source of inspiration for Chinese artists and scholars and symbolizes ancient Chinese civilizations and beliefs. Therefore, Mt. Tai has always been important to the Chinese people. Ancient rulers and common people usually paid homage to the mountain, in the hope of bringing blessing and good luck.

Chinese southerners always like to say they have "thousands of mountains, rivers and genius". But those from Shandong talked back with "one mountain, one river and one saint": Mt. Tai (Taishan), Yellow River and Confucius, implying that the three means a lot more than those in numbers. 

 

Mt. Tai Tour

Mt. Tai has been climbed by many people important in Chinese history including the first Chinese emperor, Confucius, and Mao Zedong. While watching the sun rise, Confucius was quoted as saying "the world is small," and Mao as saying "the East is red." It will not disappoint you with its charming beauty!

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