Tai’an is a small city along the route of many tours through Shandong Province. Tai’an is a sleepy forgettable town by itself, but is well known in China for Taishan (Tai mountain).
In the neolithic, the area of present day Tai’an was home to the Dawenkou culture. During the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States period, the region belonged to the states of Qi and Lu. The site of major historical and cultural significance in the area is Mount Tai.