Mount Tai — A majestic mountain

Mount Tai — A majestic mountain

Mount Tai
In the past seven days, my seven companions and I have:

  • made two more trips to Ee-wu
  • visited the English corner, where we played games and enjoyed speaking with and playing music for eager Chinese friends
  • visited college English classes
  • attended and performed at the annual Shandong University Foreign Language Festival
  • visited a kindergarten class
  • went to the hometown of Confucius (including his temple, mansion and tomb)
  • were honored in two luxurious traditional Chinese banquets
  • climbed the eighteen turns and 4,000 plus steps of Mount Tai

Where to start?

Mount Tai The obvious choice is definitely Mount Tai. Its beautiful serenity remains unmatched by any outdoor scenery I have ever set my eyes on (with my family favorite, Raystown Lake near Juniata, Pa., in a very close second).

Likewise, its overbearing vastness swallows each colossal boulder or large pagoda that peppers its many hillsides. It’s incredible to think I was following in the same footsteps of former emperors and worshipers for thousands of years.

Standing on top of Mt. Tai after hours of climbing never ending, uneven steps, swaying through generations of Asians and pushing through what felt like gallons of lactic acid running through my legs, I was in absolute amazement.

After the last step at the top, as Dr. (Jim) Pomfret greeted Dr. Luo (Jing) and I, my mind went a blur. Like an hourglass filled with exactly the right amount of sand, each step fell into a small hole in my memory and trickled together in a culmination of exquisiteness.

Mount Tai lock Although the mountain is definitely a beauty best enjoyed in person, I attempted to take pictures along the way. The fogginess prevented the town below from being fully illuminated, but the majestic nature of the mountain would've proven strong through any type of weather.

Also, the countless locks that could be found lining the entire way up the mountain signify everlasting wishes for newlywed couples — they make their wish and burn the key forever. It's a very neat tradition I would love to follow someday.

Quickly approaching is our group’s trip to the “Great Street,” an ancient street with equally rich tradition that has even been featured in Hollywood movies. I look forward to telling you all about it.