Global Mark : 11.86
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Comments : Mount Taishan joined the
UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987. It is certainly very touristy but it remains a rewarding experience
by clear weather.
What to do : Prepare yourself psychologically to the ascent while visiting the Dai Temple in Tai'an / Do not prepare yourself too long as it takes around 3 hrs to go up and 2 hrs to go down by the central route, less if you cheat (minibus to halfway then cable car for 40Y up), more to take it easy and visit the temples & other sights on the way / If you are very courageous, climb at night to try to experience the sunrise (the way is lit by lights) / Once at the top, watch a panoramic movie or, more enjoyable, visit the temples and admire the view while resting your legs / If you wish, go down via another way (and cable car) to Taohuayuan from where you have buses back to Taishan
What you may not like : The overpriced accommodations & food at the summit / The business, all the way / The cold at the top (above 15C only in June to August) / The noise of the Chinese tourists, doing karaoke or not / The capricious weather (best time autumn, then spring) / The entry fee (30Y) / The traffic jams on the stairs and huge queue at the cable car during WE / The stairs ! / Not being as strong as the food & drinks carriers /
How long ?
From one day if you are in a hurry and arrive early
from Qufu to three days if you wish to take it easy on foot and explore the
Hotels << Get precise info, book online and save money !
In Tai'an, the Taishan Hotel (822 4678) is perfectly located on Hongmen Lu and offers dorm beds and a luggage room. Take bus No3 from the Train Station.
Near the Train Station on Dongyue Dajie, Liangmao Dasha (822 8212) is also a good choice with its cheaper beds and rooms. The Longtan Hotel is nearby on the same road.
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