Tai'an Travel Guide

Tai'an Travel Guide

Tai'an Facts

Taian MapChinese Name: 泰安市 (tài ān shì)
Location: 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.

Population: 5,637,400
Area: 7,761 square kilometers (2,996 square miles)
Nationalities: Han
City Flower: Crape myrtle
City Tree: Chinese scholartree

Administrative Division: 2 Districts (Taishan and Daiyue); 2  County- level Cities (Xintai and Feicheng); 2 Counties (Ningyang and Dongping)


Tai'an is 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 Temple, are also well worth a visit.

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.

Tai'an City

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.

Recommended Tour:

Jinan - Qufu - Mt. Tai: 4 days Shandong tour from Jinan to the hometown of Confucius and Mt. Tai

The scenic areas in this city are well-served by the city's transport network. Located in the center of Shandong Province, Tai'an has convenient transportation system. Taking a long-distance bus or train are easy ways to travel to the city. For downtown traffic in the city, public buses and taxis are nice choices.

See more about Tai'an Railway Station, Taishan Railway Station

Tai'an weather 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.

 History: 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.

 Foods: 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.

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- Last modified on Jan. 31, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Tai\an Travel
Asked by WANUNO | May. 10, 2017 07:54Reply
I will be going to Mount Tai in July 2017.
Can I leave my luggage in the station overnight and just bring up the mountain the bare necessities? Thanks
Answers (2)
Answered by Sally from UK | May. 12, 2017 02:35

Yes, you can deposit your luggage at the railway station. Notably, you are advised take the valuables with yourself.
Answered by WANUNO | May. 13, 2017 23:41

Thank you very. You have been most helpful.
Asked by Mr.FPRAMANA from AU | Apr. 22, 2017 09:17Reply
Tai Shan hotel & Tai an to Qufu & to Shanghai
My wife & I will be flying from Guilin to Tai an to climb Tai Shan then to Qufu to visit the Confucius Birth Town, thereafter from Qufu to Shanghai. Our questions are :

1a. Do you recommend to stay overnight at the top of the mountain?
1b.Are there any good hotels at the top of the mountain?
2. Is there any cable car from the entry of the mountain to the top?
3. Is it recommended to walk to the top or take the cable car and walk down to the bottom?
4. Please specify precisely what & where we have to do to enter the Taishan.
5. Thereafter from Tai an we want to go to Qufu. Is there any train from Tai an to Qufu?
6. Is there any train from Qufu to Shanghai or should we fly from Qufu to Shanghai?

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dick from ITALY | May. 02, 2017 00:03

1a. Well, you are advised to stay overnight at the top, because it could be very convenient for you to admire the sunrise in the early morning.
1b. Both Nantianmen Hotel and Shenqi Hotel would be the good choice. The standard room with the washroom and air condition in Nnatianmen Hotel will cost around CNY400/night. The standard room of Shenqi Hotel will be CNY800-900.
2. I’m afraid there is no cable car starting from the entrance of the scenic area. The Zhongtianmen Cable Car will be the nearest one from the entrance.
3. It depends on your physical strength. You can walk to the cable car first, and then take it to the top. When you go down, you can choose the way according to your time and strength.
4. You are advised to climb the mountain through the Hongmen.
5. There are lots of trains one day operating between two places. The duration is around 20 minutes.
6. You are suggested to take the high speed train at the East Qufu Railway Station. The duration is around 3.5 hours.
Asked by Torsten from LUXEMBURG | Nov. 05, 2016 10:08Reply
Tai'an luggage storage
I want to go to there next may. I was thinking of leaving most of my luggage somewhere and then go up the mountain, sleep there one night, see sunrise, walk down and then get back my luggage. Maybe sleep another night in the city before moving on. Does anyone know of a place where I could store my luggage for one night? Maybe also deposit my luggage for one night in the Hotel/hostel where I would sleep on day 2? Do you think this would be possible?

Answers (1)
Answered by Josey from CANADA | Nov. 06, 2016 01:03

Well, if you would like to store the luggage in downtown for overnight, the local railway station and long-distance bus station can be the best choice. Their charge can be reasonable. And it is a good idea to deposit your luggage in your hotel as well.

May help!
Asked by Morgane from CHINA | Aug. 31, 2016 03:38Reply
Is still possible to camp at night on Taishan? Where?
I am planning to go to the mountain with some friends and I would like to know if it is still possible to bring our camping tent and sleep somewhere on our way to the top?

Also what is the less frequented route? What is the route called "back mountain"?

And last question, we will be going next week (beginning of september), how cold will it be at that time?

Thank you so much in advance !
Answers (3)
Answered by Ali from GERMANY | Sep. 01, 2016 03:28

Yes, you can bring your tent and go camping on the mountain.

The less frequented route is the Tianzhu Peak Route from the rear mountain. It is more authentic and natural.

The temperature may be 70F to 80F. The temperature will decrease as the elevation increases. Since you plan to camp on the mountain, you are advised to take jackets, warm clothes, and carpets to keep warm at night. Have a wonderful experience! :)
Answered by Morgane from CHINA | Sep. 02, 2016 23:14

Thank you so much for the tips! I was worried because I read camping was no longer authorized on Taishan. :)
Answered by Hgaston from CHINA | Jun. 17, 2017 23:44

Hey Morgane! Did you end up camping on Taishan? I am going soon and would like to camp. How did it work out for you?
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