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   Mt. Tai: the No. 1 of the Five Sacred Mountains in China-Tai'an

                                                                                                               

  The name Tai'an is derived from Mount Tai and implies that "The country is prosperous and the people live in peace". Tai'an is located in the eastern coastal economy belt and the Economic Zone around the Bohai Sea, lying at the intersection of Shandong Peninsula and the hinterland. It extends from 116/02 to 117/59 longitudes east and from 35/38 to 36/28 latitudes north with 176.6 kilometers in length from east to west and 93.5 kilometers in width from south to north. Tai'an consists of two districts (Tai District and Daiyue District), two county-level cities (Xintai City and Feicheng City) and two counties (Ningyang County and Dongping County), covering an area of 7,762 square kilometers with a population of 5.5 million people. Tai'an, along with Mount Tai and its beautiful natural scenery, has been honored with "An Excellent Tourist City of China" and "A National Sanitary City".

    Situated in the continental half-moist monsoon climate district of the Temperate Zone, Tai'an enjoys a pleasant climate with an annual average total solar radiation amount of 117.9kilocalories/square centimeter, an annual average sunshine time of 2627.1 hours, an annual average temperature of 12.9C and an annual average precipitation of 697mm. The usable total amount of annual average water resource is 1.92 billion cubic meters, among them the amount usable of surface water is 1.39 billion cubic meters.

 

 

 

Tai'an is the significant communication hub in East China and the highway and railway extend in all directions. Beijing-Shanghai Railway goes across the city and Beijing-Fuzhou & Beijing-Shanghai Expressway meet in Tai'an. The Beijing-Shanghai High-speed Railway that is planned to be built, has set up Mount Tai Station in Tai'an. Reaching the domestic important cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Nanjing, Zhengzhou in 6 hours crossing the expressway; reaching the important ports, such as Qingdao, Rizhao, Lian Yungang Port, etc. in 4 hours and reaching Jinan International Airport in 50 minutes. It can reach Seoul of S. Korea in 1 hour, and reach Tokyo of Japan in 2 hours by air.

 

 

Relying on the gifted tourist resources, the tourism and service trade of Tai'an is growing vigorously. Attracted by the grand natural scene and a long and magnificent humane view, about 8 million visitors at home and abroad come to Mount Tai for tour and sightseeing. In the city proper, there are 54 star-grade tourist hotels, and many high-class entertainment & recreation public places of bar, tea house, dancing hall, bowling alley, and golf course can meet the demands of personages of each stratum. The trade and business circulation industry, for example, Lotus Supermarket, Silver Plaza, Tai'an Glory Grand Fair and Wenzhou Shopping Precinct are prosperous and developed. The royal food of the imperial household in Tai'an and folk table delicacies differ from one another, and the western-style food and beverage, Japanese food and Brazil roast can make people aftertaste. In Tai'an, there are travel special trains and big buses leading directly to such large-and-medium-sized cities as Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, the urban buses, taxes and tourist automobiles are convenient and swift. The tourist commodities in Tai'an are abundant, many tourist handicrafts and souvenirs as red copper relief, black jade relief, celadon decoration plate and Wenkou antique pottery are characteristic. The local products such as Mount Tai red glossy ganoderma, daughter's tea, tuber of multi-flower knotweed, lance asiabell root, seal wort, lithospermum erythrorhizon are various in style. Except the main scenic spots of Mount Tai, the peripheral tourist resources of the Site of Ancient Culture Remains of Dawenkou, Dongping Lake described in the Chinese classical masterpiece "Water Margin" and the national forest parks-Mount Culaishan and Mount Lashan are peculiar, and are under development. The cultural tour, folklore tour, agricultural eco-tour, and recreation travel is rich and colorful, and the sophisticated appeal is infinite.

 

Mt.Taishan

Mt.Tai in Shandong boasts powerful, varied mountain scenery while enhanced by thousand years of cultural enrichment and historic sites of mankind creation.

With all this in mind, the Committee of the World Heritages of UNESCO officially recognized Mt.Tai as a natural heritage site of worldwide importance.

The history of Mt.Tai area can dating back to the provenance of Chinese culture, and early in Chunqiu period, Mt.Tai had been reserved for imperial sacrifices to Heaven, leading to its current paramount situation.

    Mount Tai boasts magnificent scenery, a splendid culture and ancient history, being known as a natural mountain park. In the past, emperors as well as common people came to Mt.Tai to pay homage. On the 426 square kilometers Mt.tai covers, there are more than 20 ancient buildings and stone carvings in 2,200 locations left by men of letters in the past. They are all in a good state of preservation.
    There are four routes leading to the summit of Mt.Tai. The Red Gate Road route used to be the imperial road up which emperors used to be carried by sedan chair up the mountain. It consists of 6,600 steps and totals 8 kilometers. 
    The Tianwaicun route can take visitors from the Tianyuan (Round Heaven) Difang (Square Earth) Cultural Square to Zhongtianmen (Gate-Halfway to Heaven) along the winding mountain highway, where it meets the Red Gate Road. From here, visitors can take cable cars or climb up the 18 bends to the summit, Nantianmen (South Heaven Gate).
    Twenty-five kilometers west of the city proper is the Peach Garden Scenic Area.Tourists can take cable cars to the summit.
    Fifteen kilometers to the east of Tai'an City is the Tianzhu (Heavenly Candle) Peak Scenic Area which is actually the eastern entrance to the mountain. From here, visitors can ascend a 5.4-kilometer path. This is the best way to view the candle-shape peaks of different sizes before reaching touring the Houshi Cave, tourists can reach the summit by cable car.