The sacred Mount Tai ('shan' means 'mountain') was the object of an imperial cult for nearly 2,000 years, and 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.
2017 Conservation Outlook
Current state and trend of VALUES
Overall PROTECTION and MANAGEMENT
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Description of values
Dramatic mountain scenery
|№||Organization/ individuals||Project duration||Brief description of Active Projects|
|1||Tai'an Municipal Administrative Committee of the Taishan Scenic and Historic Interest Zone||The Ministry of Urban and Rural Construction and Environmental Protection, Peking University, TsingHua University and Administrative Committee of Taishan National Park have collectively studied the geology, landforms, cultural relics, forest regeneration and disease control, natural disaster, water harnessing and other protection and management goals and environmental elements of the property, to provide a scientific and important basis for rational utilization and effective management of the site. The Tai'an Municipal Administrative Committee of the Taishan Scenic and Historic Interest Zone, which is responsible for both the protection and administration of the area, should be consulted as to whether any of these or other projects are on-going.|
|№||Site need title||Brief description of potential site needs||Support needed for following years|
|1||N.A.||Monitoring of the impacts of high visitation|
|2||N.A.||Training for staff and further development of education and interpretation for the site|
|3||N.A.||Improvement of relations with local communities and their inclusion in decision-making for the site.|
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