Climb Mt TaiShan
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We had to go backwards today from Jinan to Tai'an, the town at the foot of TaiShan (Shan means mountain in Chinese), it was a little more than 1 hour, then we transfered to smaller bus to go the mountain road to the Peach Tree cable car stop. The drive into the mountain was very pretty, with peach blossoms on the trees along the creek, which is right next to the road. Higher up were some other flowering trees with yellow blossoms (its Chinese name was Welcome Spring). There were many rocky formations on the mountain, it was just a very nice drive. There were people walking along the road, not many, and some people in the creeks, where they could picnic on the rocky bottoms.
we took the cable car up Mt Tai. It has gondolas for 6 people each, just like some ski resorts in the US. The cable car took us to South Heaven Gate, which is the famous scene you usually see on a picture of Mt Tai. From there it was still more than 30 minutes walk to the top, where another temple stood. Along the way, we could look down, and see the steps going to the bottom of the mountain far away. The steps were steep near the South Heaven Gate, and going on for a long time. It was a very impressive scene. There were many people who climbed the mountain instead of taking the cable car (another cable car goes to the side of the mountain where these steps were, we took the one in the back). Supposedly it is about a 2 hour hike if you are in top shape, or it could take 4 hours if you are so-so.
It was VERY windy on the top today. We took some pictures at the various famous spots and rocks. It was also very crowded at times, being a Sunday. There was a Heaven Street on the top where there were many shops and restaurants, and there were also several hotels for people who want to watch the sunrise to stay.
Back to Jinan and saw the Da Min Lake. A nice lake in the middle of the city, now has several amusement park like attractions along the lake. There was an island in the middle of the lake you could probably go to on the boat. but we did not take the boat, just walked along the lake under the willow trees.