Mount Tai is located north of the city of Tai’an, in the mid of Shandong province in China. It is one of the five sacred mountains of China and also the most important of all of them. There are many temples and other monuments located on this mountain.
It consists of a much-shattered fault block which is majorly composed of archaic crystalline shale, granite and some limestone.The mountain was originally known as Daizong or Daishan. It is associated with a wide range of beliefs that were derived from folk religion.
Quick Facts: –
- Mount Tai covers an area of 426 square kilometers and has an altitude of 1545 meters.
- It has been preserved with a little alteration because of its long-standing status as a sacred place.
- It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and also as Geopark of the World in 2006.
- Being a sacred mountain, it has been a place of worship for about 3,000 years and is often associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal.
- It has many spectacular scenic and historic sites which makes it a cultural and historical museum.
- There are approximately 7,200 steps leading to the top. Although there is a cable car as well most of the tourists prefer stairs.
- The tallest peak in Mount Tai area is Jade Emperor Peak with an elevation of 1,545 meters.
- This mountain has been the site of two important ceremonies of the traditional Chinese Empire which are feng and chan.
- Feng was held on the top of the mountain and chan was held on a lower hill.