Tai'an Attractions - Things to Do
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When Tai'an is mentioned, most people think of the famous Mount Taishan which is located here. As the first of the five sacred mountains in China, it has been listed in the World Cultural and Natural Heritage by UNESCO. Dating back to ancient Chinese times, Mount Taishan has long been a well-known attraction steeped in religious atmosphere. In ancient times, many emperors made a special trip to it to pray to the gods for the well being of the nation and also many famous writers and painters have used it in their work with the result that its fame has spread far and wide. In the minds of many people, Tai'an has become synonymous with Mount Taishan.
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 Park is found at the base of Culaishan Mountain, southeast of Mount Taishan, and covers an area of 250 square kilometers (about 61,776 acres). The main peak of Culaishan Mountain is Taipingding, 1,027 meters (about 3,369 feet) above sea level. On the side of the mountain there are numerous pine trees, many of which are thousands of years old. As with Mount Taishan, it has a long, long history. There are many historical sites to explore here. Dai Temple is the most famous that can not be missed, which is the largest and best preserved architecture complex on Mt. Taishan.
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 Peach Orchards 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.