National Geographic : 1945 Jun
00 Gilbert Grosvenor Struggling Toward Tai Shan's Summit, Weary Bearers Drop Chairs for a Rest Beside the Pan Lu, orPilgrim Way Twice traversing the 6,700 steps, they make the round trip in a day. Most are brawny six-footers. Here an extra man rests his shoulder pole, suitcase atoneend, blankets and lunch basket at the other. Awnings above the chairs are impossible on a windy day. With a heavy rain, thegorge ontheleft becomes atorrent. Inspring the sweet melody of the Chinese thrush (blackbird), blue-tailed robin, bulbuls, Chinese nightingale, larks, and finches and theprofuse wild flowers soften thestern face of the mountain. The area is of very old geologic age.