Mount Taishan is a mountain of historical and cultural significance located north of the city of Tai'an, in Shandong province, China. The tallest peak is the Jade Emperor Peak, which is about 1,540 metres high. Mount Tai is one of the "Five Great Mountains". 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 one of the most important ceremonial centers of China during large portions of this period.
Admission is ¥127 which includes a pre-stamped postcard ticket you can mail within China.
Student fares are available at ¥52, but a student ID may be required (expired student ID is enough)
Cable car fares are ¥80 one way or ¥140 return.
Bus fares to the midpoint base are ¥30 one way.
More than 100 train services originating in most of China's provinces stop at Tai Shan railway station each day. To Tai Shan, express train services cover some provinces and major cities in the eastern part of China, like Beijing, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Jinan and Qingdao.
There are almost a dozen express trains per day which take 2hr from Beijing South railway station to Tai'an railway station. The train is fast, clean, air-conditioned and comfortable.
There are other several regular trains from Beijing railway station (main) stop at the old Tai'an railway station. The travel time of regular trains varies from 5 hours to 9 hours. Some of them are night trains, which depart from Beijing at midnight. Sleeper and seat services are available on all the regular trains. These days there are so many express trains available it is not recommended to go with the slow ones unless you are on a budget.
Although it is not recommended, it is still possible to take the plane from Beijing to Jinan. At the Jinan airport, there are regular buses that go to Tai'an directly.
Winding stone and brick sidewalks link the different village areas on top of the mountain. Tai Shan is very popular to Chinese visitors. This means it is often covered with tourists and the vendors that follow them. There are many nice paths up the mountain but the main climb is sometimes crowded with everything from beggars, to chickens, to monkey on chains that you can pose for pictures with.
Hotels and hostels exist on top of Tai Shan, giving you the ability to sleep overnight to watch the famed sunrise the next morning. Sales people will meet you to rent available rooms or reservations can be made in advance. Hot water is usually only available at certain times for showers, but is available all hours for the more expensive three star hotel. Check with the hotel on hours of availability before renting to coordinate availability with your schedule.
Additionally, there are plenty of hotels at the base of the mountain in Tai'an. There are also hostels in the city. The International Youth Hostel was clean and about an hour WALK to the bottom of the mountain, although cabs are readily available to take you to the bottom of the mountain from the town.
Prices both on Tai Shan and in Tai'an often are negotiable.
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