Mount Tai

Mount Tai, Tai'an: Hours, Address, Mount Tai Reviews: 4.5/5

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A symbol of the Chinese Spirit and the royal object of worship, Mount Tai has many spectacular scenic and historic sites.
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taylornik920
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Must-do Activity in Shandong, China!
Feb 2020
One of the favorite things I did in China! Exhausting, but the sunrise was beautiful and well worth it! We started the hike at about midnight and got up at 5am just in time for the sunrise. Such a cool experience.
Written January 28, 2021
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ROCruiser
Claremont, CA4,531 contributions
In Person
Sep 2019
Growing up learning so much about Mount Tai and now we had a chance to actually see it in person. What a wonder it is! Our hotel was really close to the entrance to the mountain when we were they on a private tour. Everything was taken care of by our guide, all we had to do was follow him. We took the shuttle up to the cable car station and then up on the cable car ride to the top. There was no way that we could do what most locals did, climb up on the stairway. I believe most of them did it almost religiously as a way to show their respects. The only disappointment for me was the crowds. There were just way too many people there making the whole place chaotic and dirty.
Written May 18, 2020
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Debby718
Toowoomba, Australia99 contributions
Amazing nightime outdoor theatre experience on mountainside.
Nov 2019 • Friends
As I of our tour group said it was like watching an Olympic opening. 300 actors playing out the different dynastys down the century with amazing techno and lighting scenes and dancing, different musical instruments and it's on every night from April 12th to November 12th which was the night we went. A clear night with full moon and our only really cold time in our 10 day tour of China, but we were outside and on a mountain! Absolutely recommend this. Our whole tour was great.
Written December 30, 2019
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cdemas2018
Shanghai, China9 contributions
Mount Tai Climb
Nov 2019
This is a really fun climb if you are up for it. We went in November so there were not as many people due to the temperature. Definitely bring a jacket for up top because once you stop hiking, it will get chilly. There are two separate places to head up. The first one is out of the Hongmen Palace which is the starting point for the trail up. This is a really nice route and relatively easy to get to in a taxi/DiDi. From here, you go through the Geopark before hitting the ticket office for the actual Mount Tai trail which you will be on until you reach the top. The ticket is between 50-100 RMB (sorry, my climbing partner paid for it and I didn't ask price). Then, it's a whole lotta stairs and beautiful vistas until you hit Zhongtianmen (中天门) or Middle Heavenly Gate. Here you can make a choice to hop on the gondola or keep climbing. It gets markedly steeper from here, so if you struggled on the first half, make sure you keep that in mind for the second half. There are a series of restaurants here and a few nicer shops than the ones you have passed and will continue to pass as you head up. After leaving Zhongtianmen, it is just keep climbing until you reach Nantiannmen (南天门) which is the big red gate you see in pictures. From there, if you are going for the 5 RMB note picture, you head up around to the right until you reach Wuyue Duzunshi (五岳独尊石). The gondola up is quick and can fit 6 people in it so that is a good option if you are struggling at Zhongtianmen. There is also a bus which departs from Gaotie Taishan Scenic Area. This bus takes you up to Zhongtianmen where you can then get on the gondola up or hike the harder part. Be aware of times with the gondola as it depends on the season as to when it runs.
Written December 16, 2019
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,246 contributions
Stunning
Apr 2019
This was, along with Huashan, one of the two highlights of my China tour. I can't offer much advice for tourists, as this was with a private tour guide (certainly makes everything simpler) and she took care of all tickets, etc so I have no idea of the cost for the gondola, entrance fee, etc.

The entrance was about a 15 minute taxi ride from the bus station. (The high-speed train station was closed due to a 'special event', which apparently means that high-ranking politicians were visiting and the authorities then close the entire train station to outsiders!).

This site is stunning. If you don't want to walk up, you can do as I did and take the bus to the gondola terminal at approximately 700 m elevation. We then took the gondola to the summit. Some people have suggested walking up from the bus stop, but be advised that the elevation gain to the summit at 1500 m would be about 800 m from the bus stop, so you would have to be in reasonable shape.

At the top it's the combination of the jagged cliffs of the mountain, the extensive temples and other buildings, and the views over the surroundings that make this such a stunning site. On the day we were there it was somewhat cloudy, and Taishan is high enough to be in the clouds, so the buildings and mountain peaks were at times visible and at times shrouded in fog, lending an air of mystery to the site.

Incidentally, although this mountain is well-known to the Chinese, it is is clearly not a well-known site for western tourists (although it should be!) as there were thousands of people on the summit that day, but I saw only one other visibly non-Chinese person all day.

I was there in April, and there had been a snowstorm the day before, so keep in mind that the weather can be changeable and is much cooler than at Tai'an, at the base of the mountain. On the day we visited is was about 22 degrees in Tai'an, but only 10 degrees at the summit.

Highly recommended.
Written December 13, 2019
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FairyMantra
Singapore, Singapore530 contributions
Travel by most comfortable route
Oct 2019 • Friends
The usual mountain hiking route is very crowded. My local travel agent arranged a special route with least walking effort to reach the top. Understand from local that their main purpose for Mt.Tai climbing is for blessing. Well, I did make a wish at the Mt.Tai temple. If wish come true, I’ll definitely come back:)
Written November 7, 2019
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KiwiRob
Auckland60 contributions
Fengshan Sacrifices Performance - Mt Tai
Aug 2019
In ancient times the Fengshan Sacrifices were solemn ceremonies to pay homage to the gods of Mt Tai. Today it is an amazing cultural ceremony on Mt Tai with 200 live performances a year. The night time show tells the history of the various dynasties of China through a 180° panoramic light show projected on to stages and steps up the mountainside. There is a large scale cast of colourful dancers, actors and storytellers and it is all very beautiful and hugely popular.
Tickets vary in price according to seating area, but were not expensive. We were transported from our hotel to the foot of the mountain and then by a shuttle bus up to the huge arena. This was a highlight of our trip to China.
Written September 24, 2019
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Joe Peck
Singapore, Singapore656 contributions
King of the 5 Important Mountains of China
Aug 2019 • Solo
Mount Tai (Taishan) is the king of the most important 5 mountains in China. Emperor Qing was the first emperor of China & he prayed there for well being of his country. Follow them, some 12 emperors did that.

First part of the climb can be either by cable car for 100RMB or walk the 6690 stairs (normally 2-2.5 hours). I took 1hr 20mins. Thereafter to the peak of 1545m, 1500 more stairs waiting for you. Only walk up. Mount Tai is not very high but a very significant one.
Written September 16, 2019
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TheLaingFamily
Stirlingshire, UK150 contributions
Amazing views from the top
Jun 2019 • Friends
Beware! This is not for the light hearted - if you suffer from vertigo or have a fear of cable cars then make sure you take supportive and encouraging friends. We climbed this as part of a planned excursion while we studied in Jinan. A bus takes you from the ticket entrance (where the toilets are disgusting!) up to the cable car. After security (the Chinese do like scanning your bags at every attraction), we took the cable car to the midway point. We explored the numerous temples and had lunch in the restaurant near the top (it wasn't that good to be honest). We climbed the paths around the mountain and eventually reached the summit. The views were spectacular.
Written July 11, 2019
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Jimmy K
London, UK1,442 contributions
Magnificent - Awe inspiring views
Jun 2019
The leader of the 'Five Sacred Mountains', Mt. Tai’s has main peak, Jade Emperor Summit is around 1500m above sea level. Traditionally a site of worship for ancient chinese emperors.

Stunning cloudscape, mountain full of spectacular pine trees, Taoist temples and pagodas.

It is a gruelling hike - a full hike up the ascent and then the next are cable car rides/ coach rides for those who have less time/ physically less able.

Highly recommended - if you want to explore it properly it will take at least 3 - 5 days as there are multiple routes or areas to see.
Written June 29, 2019
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