• One of inscribed stones is believed to be 2000 years old
    That stone was inscribed in Qin dynasty time and originally was placed at the summit of Taishan (now it can be seen at the Eastern Imperial Hall).
  • Qin Shihuang, the emperor who is considered to be the founding father of the Chinese nation
    held sacrifices at this temple over 2200 years ago, before he set out to climb Taishan.
  • At the back of the temple complex is the temple of Yanxi...
    which was a Daoist resident on the mountain, linked with the mountain cult of the Tang dynasty.
  • Dai Miao is in fact one big museum, everything seem to be very old here...
    Stelae outside and inside,
  • Only if you learn a little bit about Chinese art and history...
  • ...you will have great appreciation for these invaluable artifacts
  • You don't have to be an expert to enjoy the beauty and wisdom...
  • ... in each one of these stone slabs
  • For example these ones are inscribed...
    ...with the famous Wu-ji (the limitless) diagram. Wuji is the circle at the top, then it goes Taiji, then 5 elements (agents), then Qian and Kun and finally everything else.
  • At Dai Miao you can touch the history
    (although touching is not recommended)
  • Read "The Shambhala Guide to Taoism" by Eva Wong
  • A little bit of knowledge will vastly enhance...
    your appreciation of art and history and make your trip much more enjoyable.
  • I've never seen this form of Chinese script
  • It doesn't look much like modern Chinese writing
  • This is also very old way of writing
  • Very cool..
  • This stele is very famous, I'm not sure what it says
  • The top character is 'Da' which means 'Big', the rest???
  • 'Da Yuan...' 'The Great Beginning...' maybe...
  • Old script again...
  • The Tang Pagoda Embraces Her Child
  • Learn more...
  • Back on the streets of Tai'an
    This is the most beautiful corner of Tai'an I saw during my brief visit. I had a beer here with Dave and the lady fortune teller was very nice to me and told me only good things :)
  • Wanna buy a perfectly fed cicada??? It sings like an opera singer.
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