Tai'an Travel Guide
Located in the center of Shandong Province, Tai'an lies at the south foot of Mount Taishan and adjoins Jinan to the north, Qufu to the south, the Yellow River to the west and Zibo to the east. The Taishan and the Daiyue districts, Ningyangand Dongping counties, Xintai and Feicheng county- level cities also all fallunder Tai'an's administrative jurisdiction.
The area is subject to a temperate monsoon climate and has four distinct seasons: spring tends to be windy and dry; summer is hot and rainy; fall is very cool; and winter is cold, though snowfall is limited.
The area has a long history, with Mount Taishan highly-regarded in ancient times. The mountain was considered to be the first of the countries five sacred mountains, and was a place where emperors prayed for the fortunes of the nation. Mount Taishan was also a focal point for religion in the area, providing a base for the likes of Buddhism and Taoism.
Tai'an is also a noted tourist city. Although Mount Taishan is the most celebrated of its attractions, other scenic spots, such as the Peach Blossom Ravine and Dai
With regard to local specialty foods, the people of Shandong are known throughout China as eaters of scallion wrapped in pancake. It is said that this type of food reflects the uncomplicated and honest nature of the local people. Of course, for those that do not eat scallion, there are numerous other types of filling available.
Feicheng Peach Orchards World Scenic Area
Feicheng City is the Holy Land of peach flowers and is known as the ‘Hometown of Chinese Buddha Peach’. The peach orchards cover an area of 66,700 hectares (about 16.5 thousand acres), which is the largest peach garden in the world according to the Guinness Books of Records.
The peach orchards of Feicheng City are mainly in Yiyang Town and Taoyuan Town. In spring, the peach trees are in full bloom to compete in beauty and fascination. The peach flowers may be dazzlingly rosy or they may be white, pink, tipped faintly or in darker colors, presenting a colorful view of great charm. In autumn, the peach orchard is full of rich fruits and the smell of ripe peaches.
Liutai Peach Orchard is one excellent example of the Feicheng’s Peach Orchards. Liutai Village is surrounded by mountains on three sides, so it looks like a natural basin. By early April, the peach blossoms are in full splendor, spreading all over the mountains and plains. Among this vast sea of colorful flowers, people feel as if they are in a different world.
According to historical data, Zeng Guofan (an important official in the late Qing Dynasty), had once went to the Panlong Temple located west of Liutai Village to visit the Huizhen Chan master. He was very satisfied with peaches that the master offered him, then he gave peaches as tribute to Emperor Xianfeng (the ninth emperor of the Qing Dynasty) and the emperor named them ‘Buddha Peach’.
Every early April, a Peach Flower Festival is held here, which attracts many tourists at home and abroad.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 30|
|Transportation:||Take bus from Tai’an Bus Station to Feicheng, and then take taxi to Liutai Village.|
Culaishan National Forest Park
Culaishan National Forest Park is situated southeast of Mount Taishan, about 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) southeast of Tai’an city proper. With an area of 250 square kilometers (61,776 acres), the park is a good scenic area for sightseeing and spending vacations. Similar to Mount Taishan, Culai Mountain is rich in cultural relics and natural scenery, so they are called ‘Sister Mountains’.
Culai Mountain is as beautiful as a painting. Its highest peak, Taiping Peak rises over 1,027 meters (3,369 feet) above sea level. The ridges and peaks rise up and down in the park; deep and quiet ravines are scattered over the mountain; streams wind around; rocks differ from each other in shapes and sizes. The mountain is covered by a sea of ancient pines, cypresses, gingkoes and wisteria, some of which are thousands of years old. There are a variety of plants, herbs, birds and animals.
There are numerous historical sites on the mountain. In ancient times Culai Mountain was the Holy Land of Taoism and Buddhism; therefore many temples were built here. Now three temples, about 50 stone tablets and more than 100 cliff-side inscriptions are preserved. The mountain was also one of the base for the War of Resistance against Japan in Shandong Province.
|Admission Fee:||CNY 50|
|Transportation:||The position of Culaishan National Forest Park is superior with convenient expressway transportation, but there is no public bus available. You can either rent a car or take a taxi to the scenic spot. By the way, if you live near the Tai’an High-tech Zone, it takes about 10 minutes only to the park by taxi along the Culaishan Tour Express Way.|
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