Taishan is the most glorified of China's five sacred mountains and has been a place of worship for more than 3000 years. Emperors ascended to the top to get divine approval and it was also from the top that Chairman Mao declared that "The East is Red". Today, the mountain holds no fewer than 22 temples, 11 gates and about 6500 steps up to the peak. The strenuous walk to the top is 7,5 km one-way and is high on many Chinese's to-do-list, so join the millions that climb the stairs (or ride the cable cars) every year. The whole mountain is littered with view points, pavilions, famous calligraphy and natural sights like rock formations and ancient cypresses. When walking around the different temples, keep in mind that everything has been carried up on human backs, even today.