This archway was once believed to bestow immortality on those dedicated enough to reach it. Emperors made sure to get off their huge litters to amble through.
Archway to Immortality
Nearby Shandong attractions
1. South Gate to Heaven
The South Gate to Heaven is the third celestial gate, which marks the beginning of the summit area.
2. Path of 18 Bends
Prosaically labelled '18 Twistings' on signposts, the gruelling Path of 18 Bends is an extremely steep 400m ascent to the mountain’s false summit;…
3. Confucius Temple
Statues of Confucius, Mencius, Zengzi and other Confucian luminaries are venerated at this high-altitude temple.
4. Opposing Pines Pavilion
A relatively recently constructed traditional-style pavilion.
5. Azure Clouds Temple
The sublimely perched Azure Clouds Temple is dedicated to Bixia. The iron tiling of the temple buildings is intended to prevent damage by strong winds,…
6. Ten-Thousand Zhang Tablet
Each Chinese character carved in the Ten-Thousand Zhang Tablet, dated 1748, measures 1m across.
7. Qingdi Palace
This Taoist Qingdi Palace can be found right before you reach the fog- and cloud-swathed mountain summit.
8. Five Great Pines
This huge pine tree, the last standing of the five ancient pines, was traditionally considered to be among the eight great sights of Tai Shan.