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Climb Mt TaiShan

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Part of the breakfast buffet in the hotel. It was the first time I saw the black sesame version of the buns.

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.

The pineapples in China were smaller but tasted good
It's too bad we didn't stop to enjoy the view more.

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.

Along the road, many, many auto dealers, lots of domestic cars.
Of course the vendors who sell stuff on the top walked up the mountains everyday, they are in great shape!

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.

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Part of the breakfast buffet in th…
Part of the breakfast buffet in t…
The pineapples in China were small…
The pineapples in China were smal…
Along the road, many, many auto de…
Along the road, many, many auto d…
A view of Mt Tai before on the way…
A view of Mt Tai before on the wa…
Peach blossoms along the road to M…
Peach blossoms along the road to …
The creek along the road, not much…
The creek along the road, not muc…
Mt Tai mountainside
Mt Tai mountainside
Ticket booth for the cable car
Ticket booth for the cable car
looking up from the bottom of the …
looking up from the bottom of the…
another view of Mt tai, with the m…
another view of Mt tai, with the …
a view from the cable car
a view from the cable car
another view from the cable car
another view from the cable car
Looking down in the cable car to M…
Looking down in the cable car to …
Looking down on South Heaven Gate,…
Looking down on South Heaven Gate…
Another look, this one further dow…
Another look, this one further do…
Going up, the view of the previous…
Going up, the view of the previou…
Crowds going up
Crowds going up
A view of the temple from above
A view of the temple from above
Hoards of people going down the st…
Hoards of people going down the s…
On Mt Tai, the carved stones by fa…
On Mt Tai, the carved stones by f…
The Jade Emporers temple on the v…
The Jade Emporer's temple on the …
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