However, although tourism within Tai'an is centered on Mount Taishan many efforts have been made to establish further tourism resources. Now, in addition to the Mount Taishan Scenic and Historic Interest Area, the local government has developed several other natural attractions. Listed below are details of the main scenic attractions of Tai'an.
The western foot of Mount Taishan
Peach Blossom Ravine is located at the western foot of Mount Taishan. It came by its name because of the large number of peach trees to be found here. At the Taishan Railway Station, you can take city-bus No.16. A cable car runs to Mount Taishan from here.
The southern foot of Mount Taishan
Built on the base of the Dawenkou Archaeological Site, Dawenkou Museum is located in Dawenkou Town, at the southern foot of Mount Taishan. In Chinese history, the period of the Dawenkou Culture runs from 4300 BC to 2500 BC and belongs within the Neolithic Age. The museum specializes in showing visitors the stone tools and pottery made by this early culture and reproduces scenes of their life and labor.
Southeast of Mount Taishan
Culaishan National Forest
Dongping County, Tai'an
Lashan National Forest Park borders Dongping Lake (the second largest fresh water lake in Shandong), in Dongping County, Tai'an. During the Song Dynasty, 108 heroes, headed by Song Jiang, gathered here to organize an uprising. They are remembered for killing the greedy officials and helping poor civilians. Lashan Mountain is also a famous historic site of the Quanzhen Sect of Taoism. Now, most of the attractions in this park have been restored, including the Qiuzu Pavilion, the Paoma Spring and the Yaowang (God of Medicines) Temple.
Feicheng Taoyuan World Scenic Area lies in the Village of Liujiatai, in Yiyang Township, Feicheng. When spring comes, all the peach trees are in blossom and their flowers dye the mountain pink. The effect is so beautiful that it conjures up images of a fairy land. In Addition, between April and May every year, the Peach Blossom Festival is held here. This is the best time to visit Feicheng and savor the juicy peaches.
How to get to Feicheng: You can take the No. 7 city-bus to the Jiaotong Hotel. There are many buses passing by Feicheng.
Unless you go to Tai'an it is impossible to imagine the grandeur of Mount Taishan. When you are touring Shandong Province, please don't miss the opportunity to appreciate this magnificent mountain in China.