If you can visit only one of China's great mountains, you should visit Mount Taishan, located in Tai'an City, Shandong Province. Mount Taishan is the "First Mountain Under Heaven" among the Five Great Mountains of' the ancient Chinese, not because of its total area of' 426 sq km or elevation 01' 1,545 m at its highest peak, but because of its magnificent scenery, including the sunrise, the sunset, seas of clouds, the Buddha's halo and frost-covered plants and most important, because it was the holiest and most important mountain in the eyes of the ancient Chinese, specially the emperors and famous people. In the 2000-plus years from the Qin Dynasty (22 I -206 B.C.) to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), more than ten emperors went to Mount Taishan to personally make sacrifices to Heaven. At the same time, Mount Taishan became a holy site for Taoists. Buddhists and Confucians, Another unique attraction of Mount Taishan is enjoying the poems and calligraphy left by ancient sages and scholars. As one famous ancient poet exclaimed, "When towering aloft on the highest peak, one sees how small all the other mountains are."