Top things to do in Tai'an

Taoist Temple in Tai'an

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…
Mountain in Tai'an

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 Tai Shan

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 Tai'an

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…
Chinese in Tai'an

Dōngzūn Court

Cuisine styles at this elegant and smart tablecloth affair at the Ramada Plaza are Lǔ, Cantonese and Sìchuān, with an entire room dedicated to live freshwater fish and shrimp (priced by the jīn) and freshly made spr…
Buddhist Temple in Tai Shan

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 Tai Shan

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…
Taoist Temple in Tai Shan

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.
Historic Site in Tai Shan

Path of 18 Bends

The gruelling Path of 18 Bends is a 400m extremely steep ascent to the mountain’s false summit; ascending the path is performed in slow motion as legs turn to lead.
Landmark in Tai Shan

Rear Rocky Recess

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