Tai Shan

Tai Shan means peaceful mountain and is located just southeast of Ji’nan in the Shandong province. This is a hot tourist spot, and from the descriptions, I can understand why. Tai Shan is spotted with many temples, hundreds of ruins and tablets, and over a thousand stone inscriptions. The picture below shows a natural rockfall known as the immortal bridge.

natural bridge

This beautiful mountain also has historical significance in that many emperors and notable Chinese climbed the mountain in order to gain “assurance that their heavenly mandate would be maintained*” Included in this crowd were Qin Shi Huang (first emperor of China), Confucious, and Mao Zedong.

If I have any free days whatsoever, I’m going to do my best to go here. Chinese mythology claims it to be “the most significant mountain under heaven**” I think this would be an ideal way to see and feel China’s natural side.

* China, Eyewitness Travel Guides cw 2005 Dorling Kindersley Limited
** Chinavista.com

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