Tai'an (泰安, Tài'ān) city, in the neolithic time, was home to the Dawenkou culture. During the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, the region belonged to the states of Qi and Lu. Nowadays it is important because of Mount Tai which is in its vicinity.
Tai'an (Taishan Station) is located on the Jing-Hu Railway Line, which connects Beijing to Shanghai, as well as on the Jing-Hu Expressway and on the Tai-Lai Expressway (west-east from Tai'an to Laiwu). The nearest major airport is Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport, about 120 kilometers to the north.
Except for the Dai Temple there is very little else to see in Tai'an.
This slide-show is made of pictures taken in September of 2005:
http://picasaweb.google.com/yilongwei.c ... 2245395650
you can see the same pictures but with more comments on each picture here:
http://www.yilongwei.com/show/taian_arr ... arrive.htm
http://www.yilongwei.com/show/taian_arr ... rrive2.htm