Your English speaking guide will meet you in your Jinan hotel's lobby. Hop on your private air-conditioned car, heading to Mount Tai directly (Approx 1.5. hours. On the way your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories, feel free to ask questions if you have.
Upon arrival, take a sightseeing bus to the halfway point on the mountain - Mid-Heaven Gate (Zhongtianmen) which takes about 30 minutes. Then take the panoramic cable-car to the South Heaven Gate (Nantianmen), which brings you an amazing view of the nearby rolling peaks.
Mount Tai is the most famous sacred mountain of China, with exceptional historic, cultural, aesthetic and scientific value. Settled by humans as early as the Neolithic, the mountain has been worshipped continuously throughout the last three millennia. It is considered one of the most beautiful scenic spots in China and was an important cradle of oriental East Asian culture since the earliest times. On the mountain there are 12 historically recorded imperial ceremonies in homage to Heaven and Earth, about 1,800 stone tablets and inscriptions, and 22 temples.
Accompanied by your tour guide, stroll around the Jade Emperor Peak. Admire the stone tablets and inscriptions in the area. Walk to Jade Emperor Temple, which was built in honor of the Jade Emperor of Taoism. Explore the Bixia Temple which was built at the year of 1008 during the Song Dynasty. It is the one of the masterpieces among Taoist buildings and represents the high constructing level of ancient Chinese architecture. Gain insight history of Taoism in China and its influence of Chinese culture. Here, you will enjoy a breathtaking bird's eye view of the entire area.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Descending from the Jade Emperor Peak to the foot of the mountain.
Next, you will visit Dai Temple, this is a spot not to be missed. The temple was first built during the Qin Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), its design has been a replica of the imperial palace. The temple has five major halls and many small buildings. The centerpiece is the Palace of Heavenly Blessings (Tian Kuang), built in 1008. The hall houses the mural painting "The God of Mount Tai Making a Journey" which is 3.3 metres high and 62 metres long. The Dai Temple is surrounded by the 2,100 year-old Han Dynasty cypresses.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Jinan.