Taishan East Road
Taishan East Road
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Barbara C
Newport, RI26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
I will keep this brief. We took the high speed train down from Beijing in late October, arriving around 3pm and leaving our luggage in the Tai'an train station where there is a very secure left luggage area. Note that the people working there do not speak English, so be prepared. The ladies in left luggage told us what bus to take to the foot of Taishan. The bus ride took a while and we got quite a tour of Tai'an which is a clean, though somewhat smoggy medium sized Chinese city. I would describe the bus ride as jolly perhaps because it was Saturday. For the ascent we had light backpacks and we both wore comfortable sneakers and yoga type leggings. I am glad we took feather light down jackets because we needed them after sundown. I think we started a bit too late because darkness started to descend around 5:30pm, and the stairs are not lit. There are concessions all the way up the mountain and we finally broke down and bought a flashlight. We brought our own water, and did not buy walking sticks, although everyone else did. The beginning of the walk up is easy with steps and then long level areas. The second half is BRUTAL. Of course you will do it, but it is very tiring. There are long stretches of steep stairs and then maybe a 10 foot run of level ground. And the final bit is just stairs. I found myself depending on the handrails to brace myself up, and to avoid misstepping since it was dark. We were really happy to reach the top, have a beer, bad dinner and good night's sleep at the Shenqi Hotel at the top. We woke up for the viewing of the sunrise, and that was a lot of fun and very beautiful. There was a real "The East is Red" vibe since so many of our fellow viewers were wearing the army jackets that can be rented on the way up. BTW, the Shenqi had army jackets available in the closet of our room. But I really think the Uniqlo type down jackets are the best thing to have. We opted to take the cable car down the mountain because it looked like the descent would be hard on our knees. So we watched the dawn at 6:20am, had a quick breakfast and were down the mountain by 9:30am. We had a Shanghai train booked for noon, and we could have left a good hour and a half earlier than that.
Written November 5, 2015
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Eigerhike
Los Angeles, CA80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Taishan is hugely important in Chinese culture and history. Many emperors had climbed up Taishan prior to their assuming the throne. The path is meticulously built over the centuries, so it's all paved walkway and steps now.
It's 4000+ ft elevation gain from Hongmen to Nantianmen, or 6666 steps. We stayed at the Shen Qi hotel, which is another 200+ steps up. From there, it's yet another 100 steps to the summit, where the Jade Emperor Temple is located.
At the half way mark, or Zhongtianmen, you can wimp out and take the aerial tramway up.
Alternatively, you can take a bus from the ground level up to the mid point, then walk up the rest of the way.
Written November 16, 2019
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Junmelody
New York City, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
this is a very powerful mountain...one can feel ur greater self...really if you are ambitious and have a dream come and disclose it to the mountain..u will get power
Written August 8, 2012
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ergopublic
Equihen-Plage, France176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
Chinese emperors walked this stairway to heaven to worship life: more than 6000 steps to the top. We followed the path and climbed the steps, a steep but perfect stairway, from Taian City in some 3,5 hours, sourrounded by many chinese hikers - we maybe saw two western faces. It was a gorgious experience, just two irritations: the smog on this wide country and the touristtraps on the summit - as there is also a modern cable car and we took it back down.
Written October 21, 2019
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Martin A
Suzhou, China3,120 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
Following the advice of locals, we hiked this huge hill at 3:00 in the morning so we could see the sunrise on top of Taishan. It takes between two to six hours, depending on your speed and the crowds. Hundreds of people do this hike on the high holidays in China. Thousands start the hike from the midway point but not everybody makes it to the top. It gets steeper and steeper and the stone stairs get shorter so my 45s, or size 12s, were too big, close to the top. When you get to the final gate, you discover there are many more stairs to reach the very top of the mountain. Try to go off-season, avoid the crowds, and you will appreciate the mountain even more.
Written October 20, 2018
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Ana L
Navan, Ireland2,685 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
When I went there, the cable car on the South side was not working, as well as the bus, due to renovation. So, be careful with that, if you are planning to walk halfway, and then take the cablecar. The South route is, however, more interesting, but there are too many steps, and your knees might not like it. The view from the top is outstanding, but the rocks in Huashan are more spectacular. Nice temples on top.
Written September 28, 2017
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Andrew Tsui
San Diego, CA272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
I been checking trip advisor and lonely planet tips but it all concludes that this is the best route up to the peak. Convenient with small shops on the way and in the peak with Cable Car Service up and down the mount.
Written October 8, 2016
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weebansheewoman
Brisbane, Australia107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2013 • Friends
6,660 steps to the top - we entered the annual race on 5 September this year along with over 7,000 others as we were already there paddling a Dragonboat for Australia on Lake Dong Ping the day before. It is not the easiest of climbs to the top but if you are fit you will manage the 7.5klm hike.

There are of course the options to walk 5klm and then take the cable car or to take the bus and then the cable car. Whatever option there will still be a distance to walk.

Well worth the trek as we passed beautiful scenery and temples along the way, and no need to carry provisions as there are little kiosks dotted along the way, but be prepared to pay about 10 times over the odds!

Highly recommendable.
Written September 18, 2013
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JayDeeBee1950
Canberra, Australia133 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Friends
Taishan is the first among China's 5 important mountains our guide said. Best done with a local. You can climb thousands of steps but we took bus halfway then cable car then walked 777 steps. Good clear day but cold fantastic view & local guide made all the difference. Food at top of cable car & usual hawkers but all very friendly.
Written November 20, 2012
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inchpebble
New York, NY374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Nice experience. Bring sunscreen. The stone steps are steep and narrow. The top half of the hike is much harder than the lower half. Don't look at the scenery while moving. Be careful of the fellow climbers around you. Some of them over estimate their abilities and can become a danger to you. Step in a zigzag pattern to save your knees and spend less energy per step if needed, just like the water carriers. Bring extra clothing and flashlight if you climb at night.

The trail is open 24/7. There are Taoist, Buddhist and Shamanistic Temples everywhere you turn. Beautiful calligraphy from famed folks reaching back 2000 years overlap each other. Can be quiet a cultural and spiritual experience. The signages are in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and English.

If you are fit and accustomed to walking up a mountain, the trip is around 3 hours each way. If you walk at a leisurely pace, it's at least 5 hours each way.
Written May 28, 2017
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