Mount Taishan was worshiped by Chinese people from ancient times and “as stable as Mount Tai” has been used frequently to describe things maintain a good momentum. The sacred Mount Tai was the object of an imperial cult for nearly 2,000 years, and the artistic masterpieces found it is in perfect harmony with the natural landscape. It has always been a source of inspiration for Chinese artists and scholars and symbolizes ancient Chinese civilizations and beliefs. Covering an area of 426 square kilometers and with the altitude of 1545 meters, it spans the cities of Tai’an and Ji’nan in central Shandong Province with the main peak Yuhuang Peak in the city of Tai’an, Shandong Province. Mount Tai is well-known as “Dongyue”, meaning “the Sacred Mountain of East China”, ranking No.1 among the five most important mountains (Mount Taishan, Mount Huangshan, Mount Huashan, Mount Hengshan and Mount Songshan) in China.
Mount Tai is well known for its grandness and the south part is especially steep and spectacular. The typical character of natural scenery of Mount Tai is imposing, steep, surprising, serene, secluded, profound, and spacious. The sunrise in Taishan Mountain is one of the marvelous natural phenomenons on top of the mountain and also an important symbol of Mount Tai. Standing on the mountain in the misty early morning and evening, you can see a colorful ring with blue inside and red outside, called “Holy Light”.
Taishan Mountain is also famous for its diversified stone inscriptions, which were either inscribed by ancient emperors or celebrities. Most of the inscriptions are inscribed with elegant font style, beautiful words and delicate design. In total, there are 1696 stone inscriptions in Mount Tai area, mainly divided into two kinds: inscriptions on precipices and inscriptions on steles. All of these stone inscriptions are precious records of the history of Taishan Mountain.
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