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...more
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.more
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...more
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).more
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.more
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...more
Fairly new and well-located. Nice new rooms with ensuite are about 155 RMB/night.more
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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!
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....more
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...more
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!
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.
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.
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.