Monday, December 08, 2008

Tai Shan

Tai Shan, in Shandong province, is not only beautiful, but it is one of the most historic sites in China. Nearby Tai Shan is Qufu, the hometown of Confucius. And Confucius is just one of China's famous people to have climbed Tai Shan and engaged with the land from that perspective.

Tai Shan was the center of the imperial cult in China for about 2000 years. For this central role it has played in China's history and culture, it is classed a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The UNESCO website says of Tai Shan that "the artistic masterpieces found there are in perfect harmony with the natural landscape. It has always been a source of inspiration for Chinese artists and scholars and symbolizes ancient Chinese civilizations and beliefs."

I've borrowed the name of Tai Shan for that of my newest blog, which is attached to the literary ezine Sloth Jockey. Visit my Tai Shan for some thoughts about my experiences in and with China.

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