|Mount Taishan - CHINA - UNESCO #437|
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Mount Taishan - CHINA - UNESCO #437
The sacred Mount Tai ('shan' means 'mountain') is the most famous mountain in China and one of the most important in Chinese culture (maybe that's why it's listed by UNESCO as a Nature and Cultural WHS). In a quick research on the web I've learned that more that 6 million visitors come every year to this site and that to reach the top they have to climb 7200 steps(!)... In this picture we see 'The South Gate to Heaven' - I'm sure that after finally climbing all those stairs we feel in Heaven. Thank you very much Heng (have you ever climbed to the top?) for another awesome card for my collection, I now have 301, only 680 WHS to complete my collection. This postcard took 19 days to arrive!
Mount Taishan is the most famous sacred mountain of China, with exceptional historic, cultural, aesthetic and scientific value. Settled by humans as early as the Neolithic (a Dawenkou site is nearby), the mountain has been worshipped continuously throughout the last three millennia. A large and impressive rock mass covering 25,000 ha and rising to 1,545 m above the surrounding plateau, Mount Taishan 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.