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Mount Tai

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Mount Tai

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2-Day Private Trip to Qufu and Mountain Tai by Bullet Train from Beijing
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2-Day Private Trip to Qufu and Mountain Tai by Bullet Train from Beijing

This private tour will take you to Qufu in the heart of Shandong, where you visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites with a professional guide. Learn about the great philosopher of ancient China, Confucius, whose system of belief still shapes Chinese culture today. With your guide, have a full day to explore the Temple of Confucius, Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion. Then spend a second day on Mt Tai (Tai Shan), visiting sacred temples and other sites. After the tour return to Beijing.
USD 845.60 per adult
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ROCruiser wrote a review May 2020
Claremont, California4,537 contributions434 helpful votes
Growing up learning so much about Mount Tai and now we had a chance to actually see it in person. What a wonder it is! Our hotel was really close to the entrance to the mountain when we were they on a private tour. Everything was taken care of by our guide, all we had to do was follow him. We took the shuttle up to the cable car station and then up on the cable car ride to the top. There was no way that we could do what most locals did, climb up on the stairway. I believe most of them did it almost religiously as a way to show their respects. The only disappointment for me was the crowds. There were just way too many people there making the whole place chaotic and dirty.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Debby718 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Toowoomba, Australia99 contributions25 helpful votes
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As I of our tour group said it was like watching an Olympic opening. 300 actors playing out the different dynastys down the century with amazing techno and lighting scenes and dancing, different musical instruments and it's on every night from April 12th to November 12th which was the night we went. A clear night with full moon and our only really cold time in our 10 day tour of China, but we were outside and on a mountain! Absolutely recommend this. Our whole tour was great.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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cdemas2018 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Shanghai, China9 contributions
This is a really fun climb if you are up for it. We went in November so there were not as many people due to the temperature. Definitely bring a jacket for up top because once you stop hiking, it will get chilly. There are two separate places to head up. The first one is out of the Hongmen Palace which is the starting point for the trail up. This is a really nice route and relatively easy to get to in a taxi/DiDi. From here, you go through the Geopark before hitting the ticket office for the actual Mount Tai trail which you will be on until you reach the top. The ticket is between 50-100 RMB (sorry, my climbing partner paid for it and I didn't ask price). Then, it's a whole lotta stairs and beautiful vistas until you hit Zhongtianmen (中天门) or Middle Heavenly Gate. Here you can make a choice to hop on the gondola or keep climbing. It gets markedly steeper from here, so if you struggled on the first half, make sure you keep that in mind for the second half. There are a series of restaurants here and a few nicer shops than the ones you have passed and will continue to pass as you head up. After leaving Zhongtianmen, it is just keep climbing until you reach Nantiannmen (南天门) which is the big red gate you see in pictures. From there, if you are going for the 5 RMB note picture, you head up around to the right until you reach Wuyue Duzunshi (五岳独尊石). The gondola up is quick and can fit 6 people in it so that is a good option if you are struggling at Zhongtianmen. There is also a bus which departs from Gaotie Taishan Scenic Area. This bus takes you up to Zhongtianmen where you can then get on the gondola up or hike the harder part. Be aware of times with the gondola as it depends on the season as to when it runs.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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geo3 wrote a review Dec. 2019
Calgary, Canada1,237 contributions167 helpful votes
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This was, along with Huashan, one of the two highlights of my China tour. I can't offer much advice for tourists, as this was with a private tour guide (certainly makes everything simpler) and she took care of all tickets, etc so I have no idea of the cost for the gondola, entrance fee, etc. The entrance was about a 15 minute taxi ride from the bus station. (The high-speed train station was closed due to a 'special event', which apparently means that high-ranking politicians were visiting and the authorities then close the entire train station to outsiders!). This site is stunning. If you don't want to walk up, you can do as I did and take the bus to the gondola terminal at approximately 700 m elevation. We then took the gondola to the summit. Some people have suggested walking up from the bus stop, but be advised that the elevation gain to the summit at 1500 m would be about 800 m from the bus stop, so you would have to be in reasonable shape. At the top it's the combination of the jagged cliffs of the mountain, the extensive temples and other buildings, and the views over the surroundings that make this such a stunning site. On the day we were there it was somewhat cloudy, and Taishan is high enough to be in the clouds, so the buildings and mountain peaks were at times visible and at times shrouded in fog, lending an air of mystery to the site. Incidentally, although this mountain is well-known to the Chinese, it is is clearly not a well-known site for western tourists (although it should be!) as there were thousands of people on the summit that day, but I saw only one other visibly non-Chinese person all day. I was there in April, and there had been a snowstorm the day before, so keep in mind that the weather can be changeable and is much cooler than at Tai'an, at the base of the mountain. On the day we visited is was about 22 degrees in Tai'an, but only 10 degrees at the summit. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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FairyMantra wrote a review Nov. 2019
Singapore, Singapore554 contributions84 helpful votes
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The usual mountain hiking route is very crowded. My local travel agent arranged a special route with least walking effort to reach the top. Understand from local that their main purpose for Mt.Tai climbing is for blessing. Well, I did make a wish at the Mt.Tai temple. If wish come true, I’ll definitely come back:)
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Date of experience: October 2019
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