Everyday we are discovering a new Asian spot at the luxury hotel in Alicante Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa. Today we have travelled to China to find out about one of its wonders: the Mount Tai.
The Mount Tai or Taishan is located in Tai’an city in East China’s Shangdong province. Among the Five Sacred Mountains of Taoism, the main religion in China, Mount Tai is the most important one.
It´s a large rock mass covering 25,000 hectares and rising to 1,545 metres. According to Chinese tradition, each day begins with the sun rising at Taishan before it starts its westward journey across the world. Watching the sunrise from the top of the mountain is the aspiration of every Chinese citizen.
The top of the mountain is known as Jade Emperor; only five emperors have been able to reach the peak of the Mount Tai throughout history.
It has been a point of peregrination since 3,000 years ago. According to the legend, Confucius, a famous Chinese thinker, visited the Mount Tai and even drank from one of its rivers. Later, many important leading figures have visited it: emperors, erudite people and political leaders such as Mao Zedong. During their visits, they have left numerous stone inscriptions and different sculptures along the route.
You can visit many temples at Mount Tai: Buddhist temples, Taoist ones and other ones dedicated to the god of the mountain, as the Daimiao temple.
According to the Feng shui doctrine, places with slopes are favourable for the interaction between the physical world and the spiritual one. Besides, Taishan´s stones are considered to be magical and they are used chase away damage.
At the 5 star resorts Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa we also have our rituals and ceremonies. If you visit us, take part in our Wishing Fountain Ceremony at the fountain in the Hotel Hall.