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…
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…
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.
Historic Site in Tài Shān

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 Tài Shān

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.
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.
Viewpoint in Tài Shān

Zhānlǔ Terrace

This terrace and viewpoint is the spot from where Confucius looked out over the Kingdom of Lǔ.
Landmark in Tài Shān

Bridge of the Gods

These three large rocks form a natural bridge between two cliffs.
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…