Tai'an Travel Guide

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    Taishan mountain on a rare clear day
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Tai'an Things to Do

  • Dai Temple

    Admission fee is 20 RMB, student price 10 RMB.Big temple complex with exhibits illustrating the history of Taishan (East Taoist peak).There're also Song-dynasty frescos in the main hall, you'll need to pay 1 RMB for shoe covers to go in and have a closer look.

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  • Tai Shan

    Tai Shan (meaning Mount Tai) is one of the "Five Sacred Mountains" of Taoism. It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. The temples on its slopes have been a destination for pilgrims for 3,000 years, one of which, known as Jade Emperor Temple, is at the mountains summit at 1532 metres (5028...

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  • Daizong Archway

    This archway is located to the north of the Dai Temple on the road that leads to Tai Shan. It was built during the Ming dynasty in 1568. In 1780, Ding Zaobao, an imperial envoy, rebuilt it by imperial decree and included a horizontal inscribed board on it.

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  • Dai Temple - Iron tower

    The iron tower was cast in 1565 and originally had 13 tiers. During the Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945), it was destroyed and only four tiers remain.

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  • Dai Temple - Bronze Pavilion

    Also called Jin Que, the bronze pavilion was cast in 1615. In the pavilion is enshrined a Taoist deity. It was originally located in the Bi Xia Temple on Tai Shan before being moved into the Ling Ying Palace in the south-west of the city at the beginning of the Qing dynasty and then moved here in 1972.

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  • Dai Temple - Hall of Heavenly Blessing

    This hall is the main structure within the Dai Temple complex. It was built during the Song dynasty in 1009. In front of the hall there is a huge Ming Dynasty iron censer and two Song Dynasty pails. On each side of the censer and pails stands a pavilion with a stone tablet erected within it. On the tablet are inscribed the poems of Qianlong, a...

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  • Dai Temple - Scripture Pillar

    This once octagonal stone pillar is 6.4 metres in height and was built between the Tang and Song dynasties.

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  • Dai Temple - Stele

    The Dai Temple is also famed as the forest of stone tablets (stele). It houses many stone inscriptions of different periods in history with some dating from the Han Dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD). The most celebrated is Li Si's inscriptions. Li was the Prime Minister in the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC).

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  • Dai Temple - Han Interlocked Cypress

    This sprawling cypress tree is said to have been planted by Emperor Liu Che during the Han dynasty (202 BC - 220 AD). Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty in 1771 once visited the tree and put a stone tablet beside it to praise it.

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  • Dai Temple - Wall & Gates

    The Dai Temple complex is about 405 metres (1,329 feet) long from south to north and 237 metres (778 feet) wide from east to west. It is surrounded by a large wall which has some impressive gates.

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  • Daimiao Fang

    This wonderful archway lies to the south of the Dait Temple and is decorated with 4 pairs of lions, dragons & phoenix motifs. Built in 1672, the archway is about 12 meters (39 feet) high and 10 meters (31 feet) wide. The columns of the archway are also inscribed with couplets praising the God of the Mt. Taishan.

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  • Dai Temple

    Situated in the middle of the city centre, this temple is one of the largest and most famous Taoist temples in China due to its proximity to Tai Shan - one of the five most sacred Taoist mountains in the country. Covering an area of 96,000 square meters (24 acres), the Dai Temple is about 405 metres (1,329 feet) long from south to north and 237...

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Tai'an Restaurants

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    by ellyse Written Jun 13, 2007

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    If you arrive in the morning, the stall at the boarding point for bus "you" 2 has a pretty good breakfast to offer. 2 bowls of soy milk, 1 egg pancake (with some spring onions) and 1 fried doughstick cost a total of 3 RMB. The grandma also has a kind of watery porridge available.

    Favorite Dish: The egg pancakes are really yummy! I think those are a popular local snack. They cost 1 RMB in Tai'an, 2 RMB halfway up Taishan and 3 RMB at the top!

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Tai'an Transportation

  • Getting to Dai Temple & Taishan

    Bus 3 from opposite Taishan train station goes to the base of the central route (Hong Men) and also stops at Dai Temple before that. Bus 3 from in front of Taishan train station goes to the base of the western route (Tian Wai Cun).

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  • Tai'an/Taishan -- Jinan bus

    Bus Tai'an -- Jinan could arrive at any of the 6 (?) long-distance bus stations in Jinan so make sure you know which one you're going to. There seems to be more than 1 long-distance bus station in Tai'an, a little confusing. Ours cost 17 RMB, arrived in 1.5 hours at the long-distance bus station opposite Jinan train station, very convenient....

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  • Bus to "back route" up Taishan

    Bus "you" 2 (Chinese character meaning "tourist"/"travel") opposite Taishan train station terminates at the starting point for the "back route" via Tianzhu (Heavenly Candle) peak. There's still a little way to walk upwards from where the bus drops you off to the ticket entrance. Ticket price to go all the way to the end is 3 RMB/person, journey...

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Tai'an Shopping

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    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009

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    You'll find these shops selling small stele stones with inscriptions on them all along the main road that leads from the Dai Temple to Tai Shan. I've got no idea what they say or what they might be used for but they're a bit too heavy to take home as souvenirs!

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Tai'an Local Customs

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    by nepalgoods Updated Jul 25, 2003

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    When women want a child they go to the temples and offer little shoes or little dolls and hope for getting pregnant.

    But it is also said, that this shoes and dolls are offered, when a woman had an abortion. This is meant to aks the unborn child to forgive.

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Tai'an Off The Beaten Path

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    by Willettsworld Written Jul 18, 2009

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    This German built church, that dates back to the early 20th century, is located just to the west of Dai Temple in the middle of the city centre.

    Dengyun Jie off Qingnian Lu.

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Tai'an Favorites

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    by nepalgoods Updated Jun 29, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The holy mountain of Taishan is covered with small temples. Taishan is a holy Daoist Mountain. The city at the beginning of the stairs has one of the biggest temples in China.

    Taishan
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