Taoist Temple in Tài'ān

Dài Temple

This magnificent Taoist temple complex is where all Tài’ān roads lead, being the traditional first stop on the pilgrimage route up Tài Shān. The grounds are an impressive example of Song-dynasty (960–1127) temple co…
Buddhist Temple in Tài Shān

Pervading Light Temple

One of the few Buddhist shrines in the area, this simple temple dates to the Southern and Northern dynasties (AD 420–589), its arrangement of ancient pine trees and small halls rising in levels up the hillside provi…
Taoist Temple in Tài Shān

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 t…
Viewpoint in Tài Shān

North Pointing Rock

The main sunrise vantage point is the North Pointing Rock; if you’re lucky, visibility extends over 200km to the coast.
Taoist Temple in Tài Shān

Red Gate Palace

The Red Gate Palace is the first of a series of temples dedicated to Bixia, the compassionate daughter of the god of Tài Shān. She wears a headdress adorned with phoenixes and is accompanied by nine attendants inclu…
Taoist Temple in Tài'ān

Yáocān Pavilion

This pavilion contains a hall dedicated to deities including Bixia, the daughter of Tai Shan, who became the focus of worship by the 11th century, and Songzi Niangniang, her attendant to whom couples wanting childre…
Mountain in Tài'ān

Tài Shān

Southern Chinese claim 'myriad mountains, rivers and geniuses' while Shāndōng citizens smugly contest they have 'one mountain, one river and one saint', implying they have the last word on each: Tài Shān (the most r…
Taoist Temple in Tài Shān

Dǒumǔ Hall

The name of this hall means 'Hall of the Goddess of the Northern Star' and it was first constructed in 1542 under the magical name ‘Dragon Spring Nunnery’. The back of the temple yard offers a quiet view of a triple…
Taoist Temple in Tài'ān

Hall of Heavenly Blessing

The main hall of the Dài Temple is the colossal, twin-eaved, nine-bay-wide Hall of Heavenly Blessing, which dates to AD 1009. The dark interior houses an exquisite, 62m-long Song-dynasty mural depicting Emperor Zhen…
Taoist Temple in Tài Shān

Jade Emperor Temple

The cloud-swathed Jade Emperor Temple stands at the summit, the highest point of the Tài Shān plateau. Inside is an effigy of the Jade Emperor, who governs all mortal realms.