Comments on Mount Tai by the World Heritage Committee
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.
Located in central Shandong Province, Mount Tai is a national AAAAA tourist area covering 426 square kilometers. Centered on its highest peak, namely the Jade Emperor Peak about 1,545 meters above sea level. Mount Tai extends in all directions. Its imposing natural sights and long, profound and unique historical and cultural connotations combine to justify its reputation as the chief of the Five Sacred Mountains.
The mountain is divided into six major scenic areas — the quiet area, broad area, mysterious area, wonderful area, elegant area and beautiful area. It boasts 156 peaks, 138 cliffs, 72 famous caves, 72 queer rocks, 130 streams, 64 waterfalls and ponds, 72 renowned springs, over 10,000 ancient trees, 42 ancient sites, 13 ancient tombs,58 ancient buildings, 1,239 steles, 1,277 sites of cliff carvings, 14 grotto statues, 12 sites of modern cultural significance, and a collection of more than 10,000 cultural relics. Its 10 natural wonders include glorious sunrise and sunset, a sea of clouds, and the golden belt along the Yellow River, and its 10 natural sights include the pine forest and the Lingyan Rock. Of all these, the sunrise over the Mount Tai is one of the grandest sights the mountain offers and has become one of its important symbols.
The Mount Tai was used by all the Chinese emperors to worship the heaven and earth. Generations of writers have also expressed a singular love for the mountain. Large numbers of ancient buildings can be found here, including the Daimiao Temple built during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) where the emperors held their grand sacrificial ceremonies. It covers an area of over 90,000 square meters and is the largest and the most intact ancient architectural complex today. The Tiankuang Hall, the principal building of the temple, is one of the three major palaces in China.
Tourist Information | Transport
Over 80 trains shuttling between Beijing and Shanghai pass through the Taishan Station every day. An express train also runs between Taishan and Qingdao. Also the Beijing-Shanghai, Taishan-Xuzhou and Taishan-Zibo expressways meet in Tai’an City. Buses heading for the scenic area are available near the Tai’an Railway Station. The Hongmen terminus of the public bus No.3 on the Taishan Middle Road is the starting point for climbing the Mount Tai. There are also cablechairs to ease one’s ascent of the mountain.
The battercake is a famous representative food of Shandong Province, and that from Taishan is particularly soft and fragrant. The Three-Gout Bean Curd is also highly recommended. Other popular delicacies one can try here include Dongping Pickled Fish and Stewed Chicken with Local Mushrooms.
The three famous local products from Taishan are the Feicheng Peach, the Taishan Chestnut and the Ningyang Date, and the three tre-asures are the sandal wood-carved lion, Wenliang jade, and the yellow-glazed porcelain gourd, all of which make excellent gifts.
Admission: 80 yuan in busy season (March-October) and 60 yuan in low season (November-February)