Hiking Mount Tai
Even if sunrise at TaiShan wasn’t the most incredible experience, the hike up is still a bit of fun and rewards with pretty nice views over the mountains of Shandong province.
The climb starts out pretty easy, but sooner than is perhaps comfortable hits its stride in hours of concrete steps.
Then, they get serious.
What seems like an eternity of steps later, you finally make it to the aptly named "Heaven Street" just short of the top.
Near the top, a number of monasteries dot the landscape from heights overlooking the city below.
And inside the monasteries, a number of monks go about their daily religious routines.
Once you've made it all the way up though, and see the view as an ethereal fog rolls in and out between the mountains, the walk doesn't seem so bad anymore.
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