The boundless expanse of the Chinese territory is dotted with innumerable sights of gorgeous and varied natural scenery .five thousand years of splendid chinese civilization have contributed to the extraordinary enchanting beauty of this poetic and picturesque land .
Places of historic interest and scenic beauty across China have become tourist destinations ,such as the terra-cotta soldiers and horses in the ancient city Xian ,the Great Wall and the Imperial Palace in China ‘s capital Beijing and the beautiful landscape of Guilin in the South to name just a few .
Today ,I would like to introduce Mount Tai ,crowned as the most famous of China ‘s five great mountains ,namely ,Mount tai in East China ,Mount Heng
(the Hengshan Mountain )in South China ,Mount Hua(the Huashan Mountain ) in West China ,Mount Heng(the Hengashan Mountain ) in North China and Mount Song(the Songshan Mountain ) in Central China .
These five great mountains are known for different characteristics .people visit Monut Tai for its majesty ,Mount Heng in South China for its elegance ,Mount Hua for its precipitousness ,Mount Heng in North China for its seclusion ,and Mount Song for its Chinese martial arts ,of course .
Mount tai is situated in Central Shandong Province ,stretching over 200 kilometers .North of this city of tai ‘an stands Mount Tai ‘s hightest peak ,rising to 1545 meters above sea level .
This mountain impresses visitors with its majestic and precipitous appeal ,its summit yuhuangding overlooking the surrounding valleys and perilous peaks .
To reach Mount Tai’s summit ,we will follow the zigzag and tortious paths ,along which we will feast our eyes on the charming scenery and appreciate the ancient ahrchitectural works of various styles .
Soon ,we will trudge along a staircase that leads to the Heavenly Southern Gate .
When we reach the riguan peak and look around in the distance ,we will find ourselves carried away in involuntary ,admiration by the overpowering endless vistas of mountains beyond mountains and scenery beyond scenery .
Mount tai is a perfect example of the kind of mountain resort that embodies natural scenery and cultural heritage ,boasting numerous grotesque rock formation ,age-oldpine trees ,stone bridges ,temples ,pavilions ,pagodas ,halls .
And in particular ,tourists will invariantly marvel at the vast number of stone inscriptions left in more than 1300 places by famous ancient writers ,scholars and calligraphers of various Dynasties .
Each season here has its beauty :bright flowers in full bloom covering the green slopes in spring ,spectacular summer thunderstorms which are rarely seen elsewhere ,blue rivers running across the mountains overlaid with red maple leaves in fall ,and snow-capped mountains and frostes pine trees in winter that stage a quiet solemn spectacle of particular interest .
On a clear day one can see the peaks rising one another.when the sky is overcast ,the horizon disappears into a sea of clouds .
Moutnt Tai is most famous for its spectacular sunrise and sunset .
Its landscope and numerous historical sites have inspired many great classics of ancient writers ,scholars and calligraphers .Mount Tai has long been the preferred gathering place of artists and poets .
Dating back to Yin and Shang periods (1766-1122BC),our Chinese ancestors established the five directions of north ,south ,east ,west and center .the east ,where the sun rises ,represents life’s fertility with the end of winter and coming of spring .
Mount Tai ,located in east China ,has been regarded as a propitious place .Ancient emperors prayed for the country’s prosperity and peace by offering sacrifices to Heaven and Earth on Mount Tai .
According to historical records ,prior to the Western Zhou Dynasty (1122-771BC),72 monarchs climbed the mountain to perform sacrifices .they were then followed by Qinshihuang ,China ‘s first emperor ,and the emperors of Han ,Tang ,Song and Qing Dynasties .
The modern world has also recognized the tourist and cultural values of Mount Tai.In1987,the world Heritage Commission under United Nations Educational ,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) placed it on the Un list of World Natural and Cultural Heritage Sites .
Mount Tai wormly welcomes visitors from all over the world .