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Mount Tai Hiking

Hiking the Mount Tail is completely different from other mountain climbing trails if you learn about the history of Mount Tai. It is rather a historical imperial trail than a climbing path. Thus the stairs are much wide and imperial. According to Chinese history book, there were total 72 ancient Chines emperors climbed up to the peak to worship the Heaven God, or announce their enthronements. So just imagine you are taking the same trails as these past emperors did. Isn’t it a unique experience?

Mount Tai is ranked as the No. 1 greatest mountains in China. The imperial history is not the only reason. Many other great figures also hiked Mount Tai. Most famous one is definitely the Confucius. Many sites on the mountains are related to Confucius’ story. Another great reason which makes Mount Tai the greatest sacred mountain is the religious existence. There are many temples and monasteries of both Buddhist and Taoist on the Mountain. So don’t forget to stop your hiking to visit the grandiose temples.

Best Mount Tai Hiking Tour Packages

Below are our travel experts’ handpicked the top Mount Tai Hiking tour packages which take you to explore with classic experience. The hiking usually takes about 1 or 2 days depending on wheather you will accommodate at the top of Mount Tai for sunrise and sunset. Besides, Mount Tai can be connected to other popular destinations in Shandong easily, such as Qingdao, Jinan, etc.

Mount Tai Hiking

2 Days Enjoyable Mount Tai Hiking Tour

Tour Pace:Comfortable

Hiking Mount Tai is not some serious strong trek. In stead, its a enjoyable hiking of cultural exploration and natural sightseeing. This hike tour takes up to the top with classic Hongmen Trail, while get you downhill with another natural trail - Tianzhu Peak Trail. You will get a lot of fun.

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Mount Tai Hiking

2 Days Most Classic Mount Tai Hiking Tour

Tour Pace:Comfortable

Mount Tai, considered to be “a Natural Museum of History and Art”, is a famous place both of Taoism and Buddhism. In two days, you'll hike along the most classic route - Hongmen Route to the top of Mount Tai. All the beautiful scenery and historical sites await you to explore!

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3 Days Taishan & Qufu Tour from Beijing by Bullet Train

Tour Pace:Comfortable

Take the 3-day Beijing side trip to Mount Tai and Qufu by high speed train! You'll visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, see both natural and cultural scenes, get to know why confucianism is spreading all over the world.

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Popular Mount Tai Hiking Trails

Although the elevation of Mount Tai is only 1545 meters, the vertical height from the foot of mountain to the height spot is 1391 meters. So the stairs uphill is very steep. There are also lofty peaks, strange stones, old trees, together with the relic temples, palaces, forming a majestic picture.

There are two most popular climbing trails:

Classic imperial Hongmen trail – Daimiao to Jade Emperor Peak

The Hongmen Trail is the most popular climbing route which used to be the main road for emperors to get to the top with a distance of 9.5 kilometers. One usually can finish this hike around 4~6 hours. This route has wide stairs of strong and tidy stones. Along the both sides of the path is prosperous old trees and other plants. There are many historical relic sites located on the Homen Trail, including 8 temples, over 200 monumental stone tablets, over 300 cliff carvings, etc.

You can first go to visit the Dai Temple where you can stay 1~2 hours to explore this largest and best-preserved ancient building complex of Mount Tai. Founded in Han Dynasty and had a larger scale of construction in Tang Dynasty, Dai Temple now contains ancient buildings of over 150, all with the imperial architectural styles.

Leave Dai Temple, start hike, via Guangdi Temple, Yitian Gate, Confucius Visiting Statue, and Hongmen Palace, you will get to the Ticket check-in site – Wanxian Pagoda. Buy the entry ticket(125RMB), hike some easy stairs, pass by Doumu Palace, Jingshiyu, Hutian Pavilion, Huima Hills, after about 2 hours, you will get to Halfway Gate to Heaven. Here you will have finished the half distance of whole hiking.

From Halfway Gate to Heaven, you can take cableway car up to the top. While, if physical condition allows, we suggest you keep hike from here upward, which is definitely worth trying. Keep climbing, and stop to visit attractions, such as Kuaihuo Sanli, Cloud Step Bridge and Five Official Pine Trees, then get to challenge the most difficult hiking section – 18 Bends which is also the essence of Mount Tai Hiking for you to catch significant landscape. Finally you will get to South Gate to Heaven. Here you can slow down your steps, and walk around the famous attractions on the peak, such as Heaven Street, Bixia Temple, Jade Emperor Peak, etc. If lucky, enjoy the fabulous sunset.

Green Nature Trail -Tianzhu Peak to Jade Emperor Peak

Tianzhu Peak Scenic Area is located on the eastern side of Mount Tai. The best highlight of this region is stunning scenery with fresh air and fewer tourists. The essence of this trail is the 5.4 kilometers’ hiking from Tianzhu Peak to the Sister Pine Tree. Many attractions gather along this route, such as Crane Bay, Watching Heaven Gate, Tianzhu Peaks, General Hill, Yellow Flower Plank Road, Laojun Temple, Yuanjun Temple, Lotus Cave, Nine Dragons Hill, Crouching Tiger, etc. Then take the Houshiwu Cableway to South Gate to Heaven.

This nature trail is also often taken as the downhill route for those who climb up by the Hongmen trail so that one doesn’t have to return the same way.

Recommended Top Tour Packages including Mount Tai

Have more days to spend in China? Why not travel Mount Tai with other popular travel destinations in Shandong, such as Jinan, Qufu, Qingdao, etc. You can even extend your trip to nearby region, such as Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Dengfent Shaoling Temple, etc. Following are several recommended tour packages with private service and budget price.

Funerary Horses Museum
8 Days Shandong History & Culture Tour

Jinan / Mount Tai / Qufu / Zibo / Weifang / Qingdao

Temple of Heaven Tour
10 Days Beijing Shandong Tour by Bullet Train

Beijing / Jinan / Mount Tai / Qufu / Qingdao

Confucian Temple
11 Days China World Heritage Tour in North China

Beijing / Jinan / Mount Tai / Qufu / Zhengzhou / Dengfeng / Luoyang / Xian

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