The Taishan UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the eastern part of the North China Plain, at the centre of Shandong province. Mount Taishan, which rises majestically above the many peaks that surround it, preserves rich cultural heritage dating back more than 5,000 years. The mountain has spiritual significance and has become a major tourist destination for both domestic and foreign visitors. The 158.63 km2 Geopark is composed of eight areas of exceptional scenic beauty: Hongmen, Zhongtianmen, Nantianmen, Houshiwu, Taohuayuan, Culaishan, Lianhuashan and Taoshan. Its unique, abundant geoheritage makes this Geopark a natural geological museum.