The Dai Temple

The Dai Temple is the largest and most completed ancient building complex of Mount Taishan. It is located to the north of Tai'an City. It used to be the venue where emperors of the past dynasties held celebrations to worship heaven and earth and bestowed sacrifices to the God of the mountain. And it was also the first stop for the pilgrims on their way to the holy Mount Taishan.

The original temple was first built during the Qin Dynasty (211BC ~ 206BC) according to historical records. Since the Han Dynasty (206BC ~ 220AD), people replicated the imperial palace to construct it. After several dynasties, pavilions, old cypresses and steles to the decoration were added, bringing today’s Dai Temple.

 The Dai Temple The Dai Temple

Most of the present highlights inside the temple were built in the Han Dynasty. Seen from a distance, you will have a feel of grandiosity and magnificence. Take a closer view and you will feel astonished by its stateliness. It is the symbol of the Chinese feudality. Standing at the entrance to the temple, Yaocan Pavilion and the Archway of the Dai Temple will appear before your eyes first. Its grand framework and elaborate engravings impress tourists deeply. Entering it, there are many palaces and gateways, brilliant and colorful. Among them, the most conspicuous is the Hall of Celestial Gifts built in 1009 AD. This was during the Northern Song Dynasty, and it is one of the three palace-style architectures in China. Inside the hall, there is a portrait of God, 4.4 m high, set in the middle. Around the walls of the east, west and north, an enormous mural 3 meters high and 62 meters long named "the God of Mountain Tai on an inspection tour" pictures the wonderful and grand scene of the inspection tour itself. Old cypress trees in the courtyard are very valuable. Five of them were planted by Emperor Wudi himself, from the Han Dynasty, and have lived for 2,000 years. 
Furthermore, another attraction is the Bronze Pavilion which lies in the northeast corner of the temple. The pavilion is made of bronze castings. Intricate workmanship makes it highly valuable, and it is one of the famous bronze pavilions in China. 

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