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Taishan Mountain was called Mount Dai or Daizong in ancient times. It has beautiful natural sights and collects famous historic and cultural sites. In 1987, Taishan Mountain was promulgated as the cultural and natural relic of the world by the UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

Taishan Mountain is situated in the middle part of Shandong Province, its main peak, Jade Emperor Peak, is located at 36°16´north latitude and 117°6´ east longitude, with an elevation of 1,545 meters above sea level Taishan Scenic Resort stretches across Tai'an, Jinan, Licheng and Changqing. It is sixty kilometers to the south of "Quancheng"-jinan City, which has numerous springs, and seventy kilometers to the north of Qufu City-the hometown of Confucius, with Jin Pu Railway and 104 National Highway passing by the foot of the mountain, making the traffic very convenient.

Sun Rises From the East

The sunrise of Taishan Mountain is one of Taishan Mountain's most famous spectacles. Along with the first light of day breaking out the darkness before the dawn, the eastern canopy of the heaven changes to white like a fish's belly; then red; then dazzling golden yellow, spraying out myriads of sun rays at the same time; and finally, the sun seems like a fireball rising high into the sky.

It looks so magnificent and stirs up people's inmost feelings during the whole course. Watching the sunrise on the top of Taishan Mountain has always made tourists yearn for it as well as made so many men of literature write poems for it.

Beautiful Sunset

After the rain washes the sky, and when the evening sun is falling down from the clouds gradually, and spilling the soft after glow to the Taishan Mountain, looking up to the western sky, you can find that the scenery on the peak is colored layer by layer and that the color of the clouds is colorful under the glowing of the evening sum, which looks too mysterious to be understood.

"The crystal spring running down ten thousand ren high, the glow of the setting sun covering thousand hills." The scenery of the after glow is so beautiful and enchanting that numerous tourists are infatuated with it.

The Sea of Clouds

The rain stops and the sky clears up, you can often see that the white clouds extend ten thousand li, just like a giant jade plate floating between the sky and the earth. The mountains and hills for away are all engulfed in the clouds, only a few peaks exposing out of the clouds. When the breeze blows, the sea of the clouds waves, accompanied with all peaks emerging and disappearing alternately,

which look like the unpredictable fairy islands, and the tourists nearby seem to be flying and traveling on the clouds in the sky.

Soft Rime and Glaze Ice

The soft rime and glaze ice are the peculiar natural phenomena of Taishan Mountain. The soft rime looks like frost but not frost, and looks like ice but not ice, just like flowers in full bloom in the wind. The branches of pines and trees are covered with the downy ice hung, as if they are giant white coral. The rime covers the buildings like soft light silk, and it spreads out on the ground,

which looks like the white blanket. The glaze ice makes the ice layers form on the rock, gr4ound, roofs and trees, creating an icy world.

Buddhist Light of Taishan Mountain

Temple on Tai Chan mountain, ChinaIn the mornings or evenings full of clouds and mist, standing on the high peaks, and viewing in the same direction as the light, tourists may see a colorful halo with blue color inside and red color outside present on the dimly discernible mist veil. In the middle of the halo, a human figure is reflected, and it looks just like the colorful halo over the head of the Buddha,

so it is called "the Buddhist Light" or "the Treasure Light". The Buddhist Light of Taishan Mountain is a kind of natural phenomenon of optical diffraction, which mostly appears under the conditions of a half sunny and half misty day during the period from June to August, and at the time when the sun shines slantingly.


When spring returns to the earth, all things come back to life. On the Taishan Mountain, "the shield of pine trees seems like a green sky, and the growing grass makes all valleys green". There are red peach blossoms, white apricot blossoms, golden yellow winter jasmines and golden bellflowers covering the branches.

The flowers of locust trees which grow on both sides of the Western Stream come into bloom from the bottom to the upper one after an other, and the flowers of wild cherry-apple trees are also blossoming, and the whole Taishan Mountain becomes a sea of flowers. The beautiful scenery of Taishan Mountain's spring attracts numerous domestic and foreign tourists.


In the Summer of Taishan Mountain, the mountains and forests are hidden in the widespread clouds and mist; once the sky is clear, the mountains will be full of green color, and the valleys and peaks, water falls and springs are displaying vigorous vitality and there. When the breeze is blowing, from the area of Duisong Mountain and Houshi Cove comes the soughing sound of the wind in the pines, which is very touching.


Autumn is the most colorful season in Taishan Mountain. Layer upon layer of forests in the mountain are dyed. The leaves of common smoke trees, mono maples and sorbs are so reddish as fire; the leaves of ginkgo trees and tilia amurensis trees are yellowish as gold; the pines and cypresses do not wither and are still green; the winged spindle trees, set off by pines and cypresses, show little reddish color with in the vast stretch of greenish color;

as for the creepers of liana, either the red of them cover a piece of stone or the purple of them fill a valley. The nature is so miraculous as to make Taishan Mountain so charming.


The winter of Taishan Mountain has another kind of charm. The evergreen pines and cypresses stand proudly on the top of the mountain against the wind and snow; the quiet and beautiful bamboo grove paints the Taishan Mountain with the greenish color. Encountering the time that it just stops snowing, it will be more beautiful with the whole mountain dressed in white. Green trees, red walls,

yellow tiles and white snow together with the rare freshness and tranquility, will let people inside the mountain feel fresh and joyful.

Admission Fee: CNY 125 (Feb. 1 to Nov. 30)
CNY 100 (Dec. 1 to Jan. 31)

Sunrise Timetable
January - June
July - December


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