Archway to Immortality


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.

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1. South Gate to Heaven

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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.

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,…

7. Qingdi Palace

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This Taoist Qingdi Palace can be found right before you reach the fog- and cloud-swathed mountain summit.

8. Five Great Pines

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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.