| Laoshan Mountain
Laoshan Mountain (崂山) in southeastern Qingdao is the highest mountain along China's 18,000-kilometer coastline (excluding islands), with its peak rising 1,132 meters above sea level. It is recommended for tourists visiting Qingdao.
It is one of China's major scenic resorts and has long held the reputation for the most famous mountain on China's east coast with a coastline of 87 kilometers and 18 islands.
Adding to the beauty of the magnificent Laoshan Mountain is a large number of peculiarly shaped rocks and caves, as well as clear springs and waterfalls.
The springwater made Qingdao famous for its beer. Not only is the water good for making beer, vegetables grown using this water are reputedly much tastier, something local fruit and vegetable peddlers will all point out.
For those interested in Taoism, the mountain is well-known for its Taoist temples. Laoshan Mountain is one of the places where Taoism originated and one of Taoism's most important destinations for pilgrims.
In the past, Taoist priests living on the mountain were accorded with special privileges. The mountain had the most development during the late-Song (960-1279) and early-Yuan (1279-1368) dynasties and was home to over 100 temples, each searching for "the way" in solitude. A long list of ancient reputed Taoists used to live there, including Zhang Sanfeng and Qiu Chuji.
Ancient travelers thought immortals lived on this scenic mountain and many legends grew out of that belief.
Buddhism on Laoshan Mountain first originated in the Wei Dynasty (386-535) and most development occurred during the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties. The mountain is said to have an overwhelming reputation among ancient monks, including the well-known monk Master Hanshan during the Ming Dynasty (1368-14644) who went there to practice. (Jane Lai, Lin Jing)
Add: 29, Meiling Road, Laoshan District崂山区梅岭路29号
Liuqing, Yangkou and Jufeng Sightseeing spots: 70 yuan
Beijiushui Sightseeing spot: 50 yuan
Liuqing, Yangkou and Jufeng Sightseeing spots: 50 yuan
Beijiushui Sightseeing spot: 30 yuan
Jufeng Cable: 60 yuan
Taiqing Cable: 50 yuan
Yangkou Cable: 40 yuan
How to get there:
Southern Line: Buses No.104, 113, 304
Eastern Line: Buses No.123, 312, 106
Middle Line: Buses No.107, 110, 311, 365
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