Mt Laoshan Scenic Resort in the northeast of Qingdao City, Shandong Province, produces mineral water. Also called the Fairyland Hill, Mt. Laoshan has been a Taoist stronghold since the Song (960 - 1279) and the Yuan (1279 - 1368) dynasties. In the earlier Qin (221 BC - 206 BC) and Han (206 BC - 220) dynasties, the First Emperor of Qin and Emperor Wu Di of Han had visited the mountain for making pills of immortality. Now, the mountain has countless Taoist monasteries. Among the famous ones are the Palace of Celestial Freshness, Palace of Terrestrial Freshness, and Palace of Peace, all being typical Taoist buildings with rock walls and tiled roofs. The towering peaks and precipitous cliffs of Mt. Laoshan give rise to 33 clear streams. The winding water path of the Yaochi Pond forms the secluded nine-turn river landscape. Mt. Laoshan is full of thunderous waterfalls and gurgling brooks. The famous springs on top of the mountain include the Gold Liquor Spring, Divine Water Spring, and Jade Liquor Spring. They chime in from afar with the nine-turn river.
Mt. Laoshan is full of water, clean and drinkable water. Its mineral springs are clear and sweet and contain rich mineral elements conducive to human health. Poured into a cup, the water from Mt. Laoshan won't overflow even if the water level is half a rice grain higher than the cup's edge. In fact, Laoshan mineral spring is called the Divine Water and the Drink for the Deity due to its high efficacy in curing diseases and promoting longevity. In history, some scholars who loved tea and wrote about tea had come to Mt. Laoshan for enjoying the tea made with its high-quality mineral water. These included Li Bai of the Tang Dynasty (618 -907), Su Dongpo of the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279), Wen Zhengming of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), Gu Yanwu and Wang Shishen of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), and Kang Youwei of modern times. Here, they enjoyed the tea and chanted poems in praise of the mountain and the tea. They left behind them many well-known works about tea. Mt. Laoshan also produces Laoshan Spring Tea. Good water brews good tea; the beauty is beyond words.