Panoramic China -- Shandong: Home of Mount Taishan

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It is easy to have a quick look at China's past and present, but it takes time to gain a panoramic knowledge of China. The "Panoramic China" series is meant to assist readers, especially those overseas, in this respect. Each volume in the series focuses on a province, municipality or autonomous region, describing, with illustrations, the outstanding characteristics of each area from different perspectives.   

Shandong: Home of Mount Taishan

China has many great mountains, among them Mount Taishan in Shandong, Mount Hengshan in Hunan, Mount Huashan in Shaanxi, Moung Hengshan in Shanxi and Mount Songshan in Henan which are regarded as sacred mountains guarding the country east, south, west, north and central areas respectively, thus the term Five Sacred Mountains.
Towering Mount Taishan stands rooted in the east and mirrored in the sea. Rich in relics and with profound historical associations, it was honoured as Chief of the Five Sacred Mountains and Watch Guard of the State. From antiquity right up to the late 18th century, it was the first place that rulers would come to inspect and hold sacrificial ceremonies. Encompassing the geological formation of Mount Taishan, historical records about imperial ceremonies on the mountain, Mount Taishan culture, religion and folk customs, tales about the ancient philosophers, statesmen, poets and scholars who visited the great place of all the books about Mount Taishan, this is indeed the most comprehensive. The book is lavishly illustrated, with 220 pictures vividly depicting the seasonal changes and the magnificent buildings on this sacred mountain.

Table of Contents
Chapter I Towering Mount Taishan
Ancient Myths about Mount Taishan
The Formation of Mount Taishan
The Status of Mount Taishan
Ascending Mount Taishan —— A Great Life Experience
Sea of Clouds on Mount Taishan
Watching Sunrise on Mount Taishan
Chapter II Mount Taishan, the Country's Watch Guard
Mysterious Symbols
Culture of Remote Antiquity at Mount Taishan
Burning Firewood to Worship Heaven -- the Oldest Rite
Theoretical Roots of the "Mountain Worship" Ceremony
First Emperor of Qin Pays Homage to Mount Taishan
Emperor Wu's Eight Visits to Mount Taishan
The Ailing Emperor Guangwu Comes to Mount Taishan
The Regrets of Tang Emperor Taizong
Emperor and Empress Together Make Sacrifices to Mount Taishan
Emperor Xuanzong Comes to Mount Taishan
The Final Performance of "Feng Shan"
The Ming Emperors and Mount Taishan
Emperor Kangxi and Mount Taishan
Qianlong, the Last Monarch to Visit Mount Taishan
Chapter III The Universe in Miniature 73
The Central Mountain —— A Pillar Leading to Heaven
Divine Song to Heaven
At the Summit
Souls Returning to Mount Taishan
The Netherworld
Great Emperor of the Eastern Sacred Mountain
Chapter IV Mount Taishan and Taoism
Mount Taishan and Living Immortals
Hermits at Mount Taishan
Li Bai's Hunt for Immortals
The Free-wheeling Immortal Lu Dongbin
Queen Mother Pond
Emperors and Taoist Mount Taishan
Taoist Design of Mount Taishan
Chapter V Mount Taishan Deities
Bixia Temple
History of the Goddess of Mount Taishan
Cult of the Goddess
Mount Taishan Rock of Protection
Chapter Vl Mount Taishan and Buddhism
The Origin of Valley Mountain Temple
Buddha Statue Discovered on the Summit
Master Lang and Buddhism at Mount Taishan
Divine Rock Temple and Its Group of Arhat Statues
The Pagodas of Mount Taishan
Monastery of Omnipresent Light, Buddhism and Confucianism
Buddhism Assimilated by Mount Taishan
Chapter VII Mount Taishan and Confucianism
Confucius ascends Mount Taishan
Confucius praises mountains
Confucius' respect for Mount Taishan
The Confucius Temple on the Summit
Confucius' Disciples from Mount Taishan
Confucius' Encounters on Mount Taishan
Mencius, like Mount Taishan in Character
The Avid Students of Lu
Millennia-old Moral Lessons
Chapter VIII Rock Inscriptions on Mount Taishan
Why Carve Words in Rocks?
Wealth of Rock Inscriptions on Mount Taishan
Temple of Mount Taishan Inscriptions
Two Approaches to Climbing Mountains
Theme of Stone Inscriptions on Mount Taishan: Ascending
Stone Inscriptions at Cloud Step Bridge
Four Inscriptions of the Same Poem
Landscape and Sentiment in Accord
Sutra Rock Valley
Sunrise & Sunset Timetable of Mount Taishan
Monthly Average Temperature of Mount Taishan (centigrade)
Best Time to Visit Mount Taishan
Ranking of Hotels in Tai' an
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Panoramic China -- Shandong: Home of Mount Taishan