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Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan November 4th 2015

Travelling in Shangdong province and stopping by to Tai'an city is mandatory just to climb the sacred mountains in the Shandong province. It is a very revered place and thousands of people everyday come here to climb it. Also important political figures like Chairman Mao did climb Taishan mountain. As I was saying, this mountain has got a great spiritual importance, especially, for those practising Taoism. There are some 7,200 steps to get to the top but the splendid panorama you will witness will be worth of the straggle. Though very prestine and interesting, also here, the mountain now is assaulted by masses of tourists coming from allover China to visit it and the magical ambiance that is described in books and the stories of the past has disappeared. Said that, I love these kind of ... read more
Lovely view of temples on the way up
I would die in this stunning place
 Wonderful golden Chinese characters carved in the rock

Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan September 30th 2012

**I wish all of my students, my collegues, the staff and my friends at Taizhou Teachers College and around China a very happy Mid-Autumn Festival time with family and friends; and to all of my Chinese friends, a very great National Holiday. Please, enjoy these special days with the ones you love and continue to honor and remember these traditons and customs, so unique to your country.** The 2012 MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, the 2nd most important holiday in the Chinese Lunar calendar, falls on September 30th this year. Most Chinese will enjoy one day off on that day, which is usually connected with the National Day Holiday (October 1-7). It is often referred to as the "Golden Week", and peak travel time for Chinese, all trying to make their way home and share time with family, relatives ... read more
Shape and decoration of baked Moon Cake
Moon-Cakes are offered to family and friends in exquisite gift boxes
6,293 stone steps lead to the top of Tai Shan.

Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan April 2nd 2012

I love it when nothing goes according to plan. Today, what could go wrong, did indeed go wrong. I have frost bitten fingers and blisters to prove it ! I am typing this with my elbow. We set off for the short drive to Taishan at noon. We'd all decided to take the bus and cable car to the top and then walk the 7000+ steps down. Little did we know that the rest of China shared the same plan. It was, after all, the start of the Tomb Sweeping Holidays. We reached the misty top and took pictures and hunkered down on onion pancakes whilst Cao Li nibbled a cucumber. All of a sudden the cold front moved in from Siberia, and after a couple of hours at the top, we decided that the cable ... read more
Cable car up !
Supposed to be the support car !
The population of China on the mountain

Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan May 22nd 2011

About 1 or 2 million years ago or so, some creases started forming on the crust of the land mass that would end up being China. Five of those creases were named Holy mountains in more recent times, about 3000 years ago. Often dubbed the most renouned one is Mount Tai, Tai Shan 泰山. Literaly the two characters translate to 2 similar words for peace. It was here that the First Emperor Qin Shi Huang declared the unity of his kingdom around 219 B.C. from the Jade Peak at 1545 meters (just over 5000 ft). The way to the top starts at the foot of the mountain in the city of Tai'an and is paved with more than 6000 steps. It was reported that a worthy ruler would climb the mountain and at sunrise he would ... read more
The mountain
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Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan August 3rd 2010

The coach driver was insistent that this was our stop. I was less convinced. For starters it didn’t look like a bus stop. Bus stops normally have rickety shelters and old ladies discussing the price of vegetables. At the very least there should be a disaffected teenager dragging on a fag. This had nothing. In fact, casting a gaze up and down the road it appeared we weren’t in a town at all; our current location looked more like a highway. There were two lanes of traffic rumbling past in both directions, a central reservation and a hard shoulder. The next we knew of it we were stood next to our bags contemplating our predicament as the coach door wheezed to a close and the bus spluttered off on its way. There are certain things I ... read more
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Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan July 12th 2010

Ken, Patrick, Paul and I took a midnight - 7 am train Friday night - Sat morning, hiked Taishan, watched the sunrise Sunday morning, explored Tai'an, took a 8 pm - 5:30 am train Sunday night - Mon morning and made it back in time for class!... read more
On the train
Haha hotel sign
Near the Middle Gate of Heaven

Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan April 2nd 2010

Dana and I decided to climb a holy Taoist mountain in China. We chose the grandest in both beauty and size: Tia’Shan. Thankfully our friend John helped us buy our train tickets as the woman didn’t speak a word of English and we didn’t want to risk pronouncing the name incorrectly and ending up in the wrong city. China has an amazing fleet of bullet trains. They run on schedule to the minute, so there is always a frantic dash to get on the train when it pulls into the station as it’s not waiting for anyone! The train we were on went at 200km/hour and whizzed through the country side (or rather power plants and industrious areas) and arrived in a random station where we were supposed to transfer to a local train to reach ... read more
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Landscape

Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan November 14th 2009

After arriving from a surprisingly humid Shanghai, carrying mosquito bites and a nylon backpack loaded with precious few items of winter clothing, I arrived in Taian ill prepared for the climate that awaited me. Whilst I was aware that the weather in Taian during the winter was going to be quite cold, after travelling nearly 100km north on one of Chinas super fast D class Bullet Trains, I was not prepared for the freezing temperatures that greeted me stepping out from the station... And moreover, a day later, how unpredictable weather conditions can be on the top of a mountain! The mountain in question... Tai Shan, one of the most holy Taoist mountains in China. Given that Taoism is very much concerned with the process of nature by which all things change and which is to ... read more
My own winter wanderland
Chinese Dad to the rescue!
Cleanup Operation

Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan May 12th 2009

I travelled up Mt Tai (Taishan) today. I've been wanting to do it for some time. Obviously Dave is still reeling from the mountain in Costa Rica so I invited one of my colleagues at work, Jojo, to join me. Her animal sign is the Ox and it's considered lucky if she climbs the mountain in 'her' year. The day was long. It took us 5 1/2 hours to climb to the top gate (of course, I'm stopping every 5 minutes to take pictures) and then a couple of hours around the little town and up to the highest point. Then it was a 3 hour descent. I had read many different versions of how many steps there are on this mountain. I think you will be either impressed or think us mad. But here are ... read more
The Friendship Tree
The view to South gate to heaven
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Asia » China » Shandong » Tai Shan June 21st 2008

Tai mountain, the scene of 5 yuan of China, located in the Shandong province, that was the most important mountain in the Chinese history, there the place that the emperor had to go to make celestial ceremony, to pray for better weather condition and the prosperity of the empire. Tai mountain also is famous by stairway, there are so many stairs, probably was used to test the determination of someone, we just wondering if the emperor had to walk by himself to reach the top, or not? Not so far to the Tai mountain, there is a little old town, Qufu, there was the city where the great Chinsese philosopher, the Confucius, had born. You can find the Confucius house, temple and tomb there. The temple is bigger than anothers around the China, there are no ... read more
Tai mountain
Five mountains
Peotries




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