Tai’an, Southwest of Ji Nan City, the provincial capital.
1.5-hour high-speed D train from Beijing and 4 Hours from Shanghai. 3-4 scheduled each hour from both directions. It is a perfect destination for a weekend getaway. From Ji Nan, 1.5 hours by bus or car on the national express way.
- Mount Tai double crowned with UNESCO heritage titles: history and culture. One of four such sites in China, and one of the twenty-nine in the whole world.
- The Grand Dai Temple of Mount Tai is one of the top three temple clusters in China, the other two are the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City of Beijing and the Grand Hall of Accomplishment in the Confucius Mansion of Shandong. Coincidentally or on purpose, worship Heaven at Mt. Tai, pay tribute to Confucius, and governance at Forbidding City are three most important ceremonial duties of Chinese Emperors.
- All kinds of reenactments attract millions of visitors each year.
- Grab a Chinese friend to climb together the 6,666 steps to the calligraphy museum of Chinese History. (You may also elect to use the cable cars.) Seeing hundreds of engraved calligraphy along this sacred mountain path is like watching the stunning history unfolded right in front of your eyes.
- Experience the chill of being in the center of the Middle Kingdom (the word for word translation of China) at the same spot as all Emperors claimed.
40 miles. 1 hour by car from Tai An.
Just south of the capitol of Shandong, lies the city of Tai’an. At first glance, the importance of Tai’an may be lost on foreigners. But for what this city lacks in beaches and nightlife, it more than makes up with the presence of Taishan Mountain. It has long been thought by the Chinese that 5 mountains reach up to support heaven to keep it in the sky. Affectionately known as the “first of the five great mountains of China”, Mount Tai’s highest peak is thought to be the joining location of Heaven and Earth.
Tai’an has longed played a significant role in China’s extensive history. While many places in China boast histories of a few thousand years, this area has known human involvement for over ten thousand years. More than 3000 years ago, worship began on Mount Tai. Initially including local leaders and warlords, it became a ritual for the Emperor of China to come and pray at both the base and peak of the mountain. 72 emperors are recorded as having visited Mount Tai, however only 5 ascended the more than 6,600 steps to the top. Calligraphy left by emperors during their ascent, as well as the natural beauty of the mountain, has attracted a great number of writers and artists to carry tales across the world. Needless to say, this stoic mountain has become immortalized in more than one way.
As one saying goes, “You cannot know the depth of the world until you stood upon the peak Mount Tai.” Surrounded by plains on all sides, the elevation of over 1,500 meters can give you a view for miles. In fact, Mount Tai is so tall that is the first place in all China to be greeted by the morning sun. We guarantee that the humbling walk up the mountain, the various temples and inscriptions along the way, and the magnificent scenery at every point will leave you awe-struck and inspired.
Welcome to Tai’an, Heaven on Earth.
Buy a combo ticket as Day Pass. It covers Confucius Temple, the Confucius Family Cemetery and Confucius Residence. That will make a busy day for you. Enjoy.
Confucius Festival on Sep 28th. The national grand ceremony celebrating Confucius life is held at Confucius Temple, Qu Fu. Daily dressed rehearsal processions are available in the summer season from April to Oct.
A formal Confucius family style banquet and Confucius Winery. Qeli Hotel is the preferred lodging and banquet place.
Jinan, Between Beijing and Shanghai, bordering with Hebei and Jiangsu provinces.
1.5 hour high speed D train from Beijing and 4 Hours from Shanghai. 3-4 scheduled each hour from both directions. 6 hours by car from Beijing.
- A large cluster of civilization excavation sites dating back to 6,100 years ago. Excavation found one specific castle as large as 20K square metered castle (50 acres) dating back 4,600 years ago. It is the largest of its kind in China.
- Ji Nan was the center of the Chinese civilization, which can be traced back to 770 BC when China started the transition from Slavery to Feudal society. For this reason, the City of Ji Nan witnessed a convergence of arts, philosophy, science, folklore, religion, music, calligraphy, history, literacy, commerce, and political statesmanship. Please refer to the Governor’s greeting on the home page.
- For above reasons, Ji Nan has preserved the brilliance of Chinese culture legacy better than anywhere else in China. The local museum collections easily supersede that of many national museums in Beijing. The Great, Great Wall of China, the Qi Wall, dated back 400 years before the Great Wall of China was built in Beijing.
- Witness the ritual of China live everywhere in Ji Nan. How to sit at dinner tables, how to toast at banquets, how to address social relationships among families, friends, neighbors, governments, etc… all play live in Ji Nan.
- Culinary Kingdom of Confucius. The Confucius and Lu Cuisines (Shandong style) are where the Imperial Cuisine of China originated. It exemplifies itself with inexpensive recipes that will ignite your hunger and curiosity all the time.
- A city of springs and willows. Do venture into family courtyards to see the daily lives of local people.
- Lamb Soups and other local delicacies.
- The Provincial Museums.
- A stroll along the grand canal of the City to see how people are still lined up to collect spring from the Black Tiger Spring with all kinds of containers. This is a tradition of thousands of years.