Mount Tai -- the most sacred of China's sacred mountains?

February 15, 2011 | Posted by Vicky

Mount Tai, one of China's 5 Sacred Mountains, is known for sunrises such as above.

One of the great "Five Sacred Mountains" of China, Mount Tai sits not far from Beijing in the city of Tai'an in neighboring Shandong Province. With a history of over 3,000 years, the mountain has a rich tradition in which is symbolizes sunrise, birth and renewal -- combining both Buddhist and Daoist traditions. At its tallest -- the Jade Emperor Peak -- Mount Tai is over 5,000 feet above sea level.

Mount Tai in Chinese culture

Mount Tai is one of the "Five Sacred Mountains" of China. It is associated with sunrise, birth, and renewal, and is often regarded the foremost of the five. Mount Tai has been a place of worship for at least 3,000 years and served as the important ceremonial center for China during large portions of this period. Many Chinese poems have been written about Mount Tai, often singing the praises of its grandness and significance. Mount Tai has such a famous position in Chinese culture that there is a Chinese idiom "Mount Tai” or "Big Dipper" used to describe a person of great distinction.

Aesthetic wonder of Mount Tai

China's Mount Tai, above.

Mount Tai has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987. Its cultural landscape and natural scenery attract over 6 million visitors a year. The mountain has more than 2500 places of calligraphy carved on the stones handed down from history. Dai Temple, originally built during the times of Qin and Han two thousand years ago, is the imperial palace of the emperors who went there to visit. And it is also said the sunrise from the sea, which can be seen on the top of the mountain, is one of its most magnificent sights.

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