Mt. Tai---Sacred and Awesome
Since ancient China, there had been countless writers and scholars expressed their highly praises of Mt. Tai. Du Fu wrote the poetry that “Once climbed onto the top of Mt. Tai, all other mountains are outweighed into hills”. The grand and magnificent mountain attracted people from all walks of life throughout the world. Because its high altitude and magnificence, Mt. Tai was the sacred place for imperial succession ceremony in ancient China. All emperors would accept the symbol of power on the most exalted and honorable place. At present, there are many temples, inscriptions and steel on Mt. Tai, which were built and left by emperors, scholars and poets of various dynasties. Grand natural sceneries and abundant cultural remains also enabled Mt. Tai enrolled in the list of World Cultural Heritage and World Natural Heritage as early as in 1987. Mt. Tai is attracting and will attract more and more tourists from all over the world.
Mt. Tai is located in Taian City, the central of Shandong Province. It occupies a total area of 426 square kilometers, and erected on the Northern China Plateau. Mt. Tai is formed in immemorial times, and it is the most ancient stratum in China. Mt. Tai faces the sea in the east, and back on the yellow river to the west, hence it was the center of politics, economics and culture of eastern China for thousands of years. In thousands of years, there are more than 20 ancient buildings and 2000 cultural remains. It is really the symbol and pride of Chinese people.
The Rising Sun at Dawn
The sunrise on Mountain Taishan is splendid and engaging as one of the marvelous spectacles on summit of Taishan and is also the important symbol of Mount Taishan. While the first beam of sunlight tears the last duck before dawn, the east sky turns gray to pale yellow, then to orange red as rosy clouds suffuse and brighten the whole sky. Then suddenly, one fireball jumps out of sea of cloud to lights up the peaks. The whole process is so claimed as a peak of perfection that it likes thousands of polychrome pictures brought by a lofty magician.
The Rosy Clouds at Sunset
After rain, when the sun falls down to the west, if you amble on the peak of Mount Taishan and look up to the sky, you could see the golden rays penetrate layers of clouds and dyed the clouds into golden rosy and shaped like gleaming apex. And all the contour of mountain is beset shining golden selvage and flickers blaze of precious jewellery. Just as portrayed in the poem: "Sky is painted into rosy and golden, who is holding an colorful pen to limn the sky"; "limpid spring water rushes down myriad of cliffs, glowing sunset drives thousands of peaks".
The Aura on Mount Taishan
The aura on top of M-TS is one of wonders. When cloud and mist is diffusing in the early morning or nightfall, the aura emerges on the higher summit if tourists look in the same direction of the light. The aura is one colorful halo with blue color inside and red color outside and reflects an image of one person just like the aura surrounds the head Buddha. That's why called "Fuo Gang" (aura) or "Bao Guang" (jewellery light). The aura on M-TS is one kind of light diffraction and appears only under the whether condition of sunny with fog and the sunlight slanting in June to August.
Unfurling Endlessly Sea of Cloud and Jade like Cloud Surrounding the Summits
The view of unfurling endlessly sea of cloud and jade like cloud surrounding the summits is other one gorgeous wonder on top of M-TS. In summer, when sun comes out just after the rain, mass vapor vaporized to the sky, the warm air from sea is lofty above about 1500 meters high. If there is no wind, looking from the summit of M-TS, you could see white clouds tile to thousands meters square meters as white jade plate suspending between earth and heaven. All forane hills are engulfed in the clouds and only few of them revealed; visible tourists like step on the cloud as if they have come to heaven. While breeze blowing, the cloud waved like sea water and the hills conceal and emerge as mysterious faery islands; while the wind becomes strong, clusters of clouds turn into gigantic dragon flying up and down agitate the sea of cloud.
Admission fee: 80RMB/person
Opening hours: All day
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