The Tai Shan is a mountain in the People’s Republic of China. It is located north of Tai’an City, Shandong Province. The Tai Shan is one of the five holy mountains of Daoism. With an altitude of 1,545 meters, Tai Shan is by no means the highest, but probably the most famous of the five sacred mountains. Since 1987 the mountain belongs to the world cultural heritage of UNESCO.
For three thousand years, 72 emperors from various dynasties have piloted the mountain and left their mark. The Mountain also served as an inspiration to many poets and painters. An image of Tai Shan can be found today on the 5 yuan money bill.
Two main routes lead up: the great historical east route and a quieter, more scenic western route. If you start the ascent from Tai’an, the path first passes some smaller temples. The most demanding part of the climb starts from the middle of the mountain.