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Mount Tai

Heritage Sites: Mount Tai 
Inscribed:1987 Criteria: C (i) (ii )(iv) (v); N (iii)

The sacred Mount Tai (‘Shan’ means ‘mountain’) was the object of an imperial cult for nearly 2000 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.

East Route
This route is considered to be the Imperial Route because the emperors all took this way to make sacrifices. With elegant natural scenery, palaces, stone inscriptions are also scattered along the winding path. You set off from Dai Temple, and then you will see Dai Zong Archway, Red Gate Palace, Jing Shi Valley, Hu Tian Pavilion and Eighteen Bends, etc. Dai Temple is the place where emperors stayed and offered their sacrifices. The temple was built in the Han Dynasty and expanded in the Tang and Song Dynasties. After several renovations, it has become the biggest and most complete temple on the mountain.

There are 6000-plus steps along this route and it takes about four hours at an average to reach the peak. This classical route is an ideal choice for most people.

West Route
The west route is made up of two parts. The first part is the highroad from the Heaven and Earth Square to Mid-heaven Gate. The other part is the cable way from Mid-heaven Gate to the top of the mountain. This route is well equipped with modern facilities and is the most fashionable way to reach Jade Emperor Summit. Attractions concentrated on this route are Heaven and Earth Square, Black Dragon Pool, Tomb of General Feng Yuxiang and Longevity Bridge, etc.

Peach Blossom Ravine Route
This route is the most convenient way to climb the mountain, especially for tourists who drive or take a bus from northern places. Peach Blossom Ravine can be accessed by taking the No.104 national highway, then setting off from the big parking lot by bus to the cable-car stop. From there you reach the top in a few minutes. The ropeway is designed for sightseeing from the air giving a clear view.

The best time to take this route is in spring and summer. The flourishing peach blossom, falling petals and limpid steams will make you feel like you are in heaven.

Tianzhu Peak Route
Just as its name implies, Tianzhu Peak was named because it is shaped like a candle, with a pine tree standing on top like a flame. This route is the most rugged one and is suitable for the adventurous. You will enjoy General Peak, Eight Immortals Cave, Big Tianzhu Peak and Small Tianzhu Peak, etc. It is also a better way to appreciate the pine trees in Hou Shi Wu (a spot where most of the old pine trees are growing).

Taishan Mountain is a perfect combination of natural scenery and cultural relics and is well worth visiting.

Admission Fees:

1. Entrance Ticket:
CNY 127 (Feb. 1 to Nov. 30)
CNY 102 (Dec. 1 to Jan. 31)

2. Peach Blossom Ravine:
CNY 50 (opening from 08:00 to 17:00)

3. Dai Temple:
CNY 30 (opening from 08:00 to 17:00)

Cable Cars: 1. Mid-heaven Gate Cable Car: CNY 100 for a single trip
It is opened from 07:00 to 17:30 (April 1 to October 31), and 08:00 to 17:00 (November 1 to March 31).

2. Taohuayuan Cable Car: CNY 100 for a single trip
It is opened from 07:00 to 17:00 (April 1 to October 31), and 08:30 to 17:00 (November 1 to March 31).

3. Houshiwu Cable Car: CNY 20 for a single trip
It is opened from 08:30 to 16:00  (April 1 to October 31), and closed from November 1 to March 31.

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