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, and chīwěn (ornaments meant to protect against fire) decorate their bronze eaves.

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1. Qingdi Palace

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

2. Jade Emperor Temple

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The cloud-swathed Jade Emperor Temple stands at the summit, the highest point of the Tai Shan plateau. Inside is an effigy of the Jade Emperor, who…

3. Confucius Temple

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Statues of Confucius, Mencius, Zengzi and other Confucian luminaries are venerated at this high-altitude temple.

5. 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;…

6. 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…

7. Rear Rocky Recess


At the rear of Tai Shan is this quiet spot, popular for viewing pine trees and where some ruins can be found tangled in the foliage.

8. 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.