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Climbing Mt. Tai

During our holiday in Shandong, Sandra and I climbed one of the five most famous mountains in China. Mt.Tai (in the far background) has more than 6500 steps winding up through a ravine to the summit. It was quite a workout for both of us!

Sandra on her way up the 6500+ steps to the summit.

Chinese tourists taking a rest. Chances are, they just survived the “famous night climb” which consist of climbing all night in order to see the sun  rising from the east.

When Chairman Mao climbed Mt. Tai, he also climbed at night. He arrived early in the morning and as the sun rose he proclaimed, “The east is red.”

Chinese burn incense before a temple god. Red prayer sashes hang from the tree behind them.

Mt.Tai has numerous temples along the pathway. Here a Chinese tourist takes time to bow before the god.

Also along the pathway are many ancient poems carved into the mountain.

Here is the last mile of the long journey up a winding staircase.

Once we reached the top of Mt.Tai, we had this fabulous view…of the mist.

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