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Shandong Jinan
Shandong Jinan, the City of Springs

Welcome to Jinan, the “City of Springs”. This capitol of all Shandong, with a current population of about 7 million, is a hub of information and activity in Eastern China. Though Jinan stands as a magnificent city, its 4000 years of history have not always been easy. Warlords have fought over Jinan during the many civil wars and invasions that plagued China’s past. As a result, the Great Wall of Qi was built to defend the area and remains the oldest great wall in all China. Despite the many changes of control and influence, the historical and cultural artifacts of the past have survived in excellent condition. Because of this, Jinan’s museums and libraries are among the greatest in China.

Naturally, there are many things too big to fit in a museum. In those cases, you’ll get to enjoy plenty of outdoor time as you visit the many temples and hot springs that have given Jinan its nickname. Occasional heat waves due to the formation of nearby mountains have led Jinan to be referred to as one of the great “furnaces” of China. Don’t worry; the temperature in Jinan is usually rather moderate. Winters will see average temperatures in the low 30s (°F), while summers usually remain in the low 80s.

For hundreds of years, Jinan has been famed across China with being the home of Lu cuisine. As you may have heard, the nation celebrates 8 distinct styles of cuisine. The style of Lu, which is the distinct style of Shandong cuisine, takes many of its dishes from the Jinan style. Of course the local people are extremely proud of this history, and go to great lengths to preserve their cooking. Many chefs and culinary artists will spend years trying to perfect their abilities and knowledge. In a nutshell, if you are looking for a good bite to eat, there are few places in China that will match the level of craftsmanship and taste that you will find here.

A truly remarkable feature of Jinan has been its ability to blend old with new in ways that are pleasing to both. Look in one direction and see examples of historical architecture, then turn around and find masterful buildings built with modern engineering. The city is home to both shopping centers with set prices, and markets to try your hand at haggling. Enjoy the many parks during the day, but end the night with a trip to one of the many bars, clubs, and karaoke centers that sprawl across the city.

No matter your interest, Jinan is a city of opportunity. And, as always, our door is open!

Local Delicacies
Karaoke

Karaoke has become extremely popular across China in the past decade, and Jinan is no exception to this rule. Come evening, these bars will open up to serve music… and drinks.

Tea Houses

Keeping in line with local beliefs, one must have tea made with spring water while visiting Jinan in order to ensure good luck. Tea houses can be found by many of the springs, and we suggest them for a good opportunity to relax and reflect on the many exciting things Jinan has to offer.

 

The local snacks in Jinan are exquisitely made, such as Sliced-twist Cake, Spiral Cake, Spiced Sweet Milk, Lightly Fried Dumplings with Three Delicacies, Fried Steamed Bread, Jellied Bean Curd, Sweet and Crunchy Cake, the Huangs Roast Meat of Zhangqiu, and Yunting instant-boiled Mutton.

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Shandong Jinan: Can't Miss Events
Daming New Year Flower Festival
Lantern Festival

Following the lunar calendar, this festival falls on the 15th of the first month. Visit Jinan to see a host of lights inside lanterns of all shapes and sizes. With the whole city taking part in the event, it will be impossible to ignore its splendor.

International Wushu Festival

For many years, Jinan has played host to visitors from over 100 nations. Find yourself here in early September, and you will be treated to a great display of martial prowess.

Shandong Jinan Attractions

The capital city of Shandong province, commonly referred to as the “City of Springs” . Here you will experience the reason why Shandong is known as Friendly. The people of this city make everyone feel welcome and are happy to give each tourist a lasting memory to take home with them.

Tour Ideas
Day 1
Morning:
Thousand Buddhist Mountain

You are welcomed to the city by the Maitreya, the happy Gold Buddha atop Thousand Buddhist Mountain. Maitreya is not alone on the mountain; he is joined by more than 130 statues of Buddha carved in the Sui Dynasty on the south side of the mountain. At the foot of the hill’s northern slop, located in the Myraid Buddha Cave, are approx 28,000 Buddha images displayed.

Afternoon:
Guihe Shopping Center(the largest center in the city)

Since you are in the capital city you can purchase specially items from all of the providences. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Black Pottery and Chinese “Ink Wash” paintings.

Evening:
Huiquan Resturant

This evening savor typical Shandong cuisine at Huiquan Restaurant. One of the specialties of this providence is Jinan Roast Duck and spiral cake or cooked pears for dessert.

 

Day 2
Morning:
Baotu Spring

Start the day off with a visit to the famous “Baotu Spring”. This spring, which has the water jutting up from beneath, is one of the three main attractions that you cannot miss while you are in Jinan. As the saying goes, “you have not been to Jinan if you have not visited Baotu Spring”. Baotu Springs is renowned as the best of the 72 springs that cover over 26 acres. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit because you will not be able to resist taking a plunge.

Lunch:
Wangqueting Teahouse

As water from Baotu spring is very nutritious and tasty, there is a very popular teahouse, Wangqueting teahouse, located right next to Baotu spring,hosts tea ceremony to tourists. When you get thirsty after strolling around Baotu spring, stop by this teahouse and enjoy some great tea.

Afternoon:
Daming Lake Park

The park covers 212 archers and contains 6 lakes connected by ancient stone carved bridges. The lakes are surrounded by a vast amount of flowers. Each of the seasons have their special foliage, but the best of them is summer when the lotus blossoms are in bloom and the willows circle the lake. Truly breath taking and aromatic.

Evening:
KTV (Karoke Bar)

KTV name: Dongfang Zhiyun KTV
Address: Lixia District Wenhua East Road, No. 55

After your relaxing day, it’s now time to get out and party with the locals. Don’t be shy, you know you want to show off your shower singing voice.

Shandong Provincial Museum

As the largest museum in Shandong (and 7th in China), it houses over 210,000 historical and cultural pieces. Established in 1982, it contains 8 exhibition halls, ranging from dinosaur fossils to Chinese warships.

Jinan Municipal Museum

As the largest museum in Shandong (and 7th in China), it houses over 210,000 historical and cultural pieces. Established in 1982, it contains 8 exhibition halls, ranging from dinosaur fossils to Chinese warships.

Jinan Municipal Museum

Though smaller than the provincial museum, it still holds over 20,000 artifacts (many of which come directly from the Jinan area).

Shandong Provincial Library

As one of the top 10 libraries in China, it has more than 5 million documents. Many of the documents date back hundreds of years, while others are modern books and journals from China and the West.

Scientific and Technical Museum

A boast to China’s great leaps and bounds in the fields of science and technology. The museum offers any evidence to prove how advanced this nation has become.

Sacred Heart Cathedral

The largest church in the area and landmark of Jinan, Sacred Heart Cathedral serves under the Roman Catholic Archdioceses of Jinan. Built in 1905, closed in the 60s during the Cultural Revolution, and finally reopened Christmas Day 1985, this church is a heritage site of the province.

Around-the-City Park

Situated in the center of Jinan City, the Around-the-City Park is one of the three major open around-the-city parks in China. It was constructed along the moat, integrating Black Tiger Spring, Spurting Spring, Five Dragon Pond, and Daming Lake. With springs scattered here and there, the Around-the-City Park, which has flowers and carpet-like green meadows all year round, is like a ring-shaped scenic corridor, or a string of bright pearls dazzling among the streets and civilian residences of this ancient city.

Honglou Square

One of the two squares with a church as the background in China, Honglou Square is located in Honglou Town. In the center of the square stands a sculpture of a bathing angel. The Hongjiatou Catholic Church, an imitation of the Cologne Church in Germany, which features a high two-pagoda tower, is one of the largest churches on the Shandong Peninsula. Walking in the square, visitors will have a taste of a strong European flavor.

Shandong Museum

Lying at the foot of Thousand Buddha Mountain, Shandong Museum is the largest provincial-level comprehensive topography museum in China, and the largest museum with the richest collections in Shandong Province. As a collection center of all the cultural relics in the province, Shandong Province Museum houses a large number of precious cultural relics, totaling 210,000 cultural relics and specimens, which make up about one fourth of the province’s total. Most of its articles are historical cultural relics, such as pottery and porcelain wares, bronze wares, inscriptions on bones, tortoises, or pottery, sealing clay used in the Qin (221-207 B.C) and Han (202 B.C- 220) dynasties, bamboo slips and frescoes of the Han Dynasty, paintings, and calligraphy.

Four-Door Pagoda

Located in Liubu, Four-Door Pagoda is the oldest existing stone pagoda in China, having been constructed in the Sui Dynasty (581-619). It. With upturned five-layer eaves, the top of the pagoda was constructed with 23 rows of slabstones. In the pagoda, stands square pillars built with stones featuring a Buddhist statue on each side. Besides the pagoda stands an ancient cypress, with nine branches stretching out, hence the name Nine-Top Pine. Though it is over 1,000 years old, it is still full of life, with lushly growing leaves. In the Four-Door Pagoda Scenic Zone, visitors can also find Thousand Buddha Precipice, Dragon and Tiger Pagoda, Nine-Top Pagoda and bamboo forests.

Lingyan Temple

This 4A tourist attraction, situated in the Changqing District, is one of the four famous temples of the Ming Dynasty. The temple, which is encircled by exquisite peaks, is known for its breathtaking scenery and exquisite springs and rocks. Accompanied by limpid springs, Lingyan Temple gathers a large number of cultural relics. Thousand Buddha Hall houses 40 colored clay sculptures of vivid and life-like arhats. Liang Qichao, a leading scholar of the Qing Dynasty, called them the “best sculptures in China.”

Travel tips: Tourists can buy special souvenirs of Muyu stones, copper Pizhi pagodas, Linyang Temple handbags, and Lingyan mountain chrysanthemums in the temple.

 

The Stone Shrine by Guo Ju’s Tomb in Xiaotang Mountain

As the oldest ground structure in China, The Stone Shrine was among the first group of historical monuments and cultural relics under state protection approved by the State Council in 1961. Constructed in the early days of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), this shrine is dedicated to Guo Ju, one of the “24 dutiful sons” in ancient China. It includes meticulously carved beams and walls, featuring powerful lines. This shrine is of high archaeological value, and is important evidence in the study of Chinese architectural history.

The Ruins at Chengziya

The Ruins of Chengziya is where the Longshan culture was first discovered and given its name and is the representative archaeological site of Longshan culture. The Ruins also has the remains of Yueshi culture and of the Zhou to the Han dynasties. Chengziya Ruins is among the first group of key historical monuments and cultural relics under state protection. The Chengziya Longshan Culture Ruins Museum constructed on the archaeological excavation site is worth visiting.

Spring City Square

Located in the center of the city proper, Spring City is like a “living room” of Jinan. It was named as the “International Art Square” by the UNESCO. It is a large modernized square, consisting of 11 parts, integrating cultural recreations, landscapes, leisure areas, and shopping centers. Visitors will find a sculpture symbolizing Jinan’s springs, the forest of Jinan’s famous personages, the Lotus Music Fountain, the Scientific, Technological and Cultural Center, Yinzuo Shopping Plaza, and more. The “Sculpture of Springs” is composed of three limpid springs, showing the simple and unadorned characteristics and long history of the City of Springs.

Yellow River Scenic Zone

Located in north Jinan, this scenic zone along the Yellow River is where visitors can find the largest wharf for joint land and water transport service on the Yellow River in Chinese history. Standing on the Luokou Dyke by the Yellow River and viewing the roaring water rushing down a thousand miles, visitors feel happy and carefree.

Shandong Jinan Activities

Known as the “City of Springs,” Jinan is host to more than 72 natural springs.

 

Baotu Springs

The greatest of the 72 springs, its name means “jumping and leaping”. The waters here can jump over 80 feet in the air, so the name fits rather accurately. A custom in the area is to enjoy tea made with the waters from the spring when visiting Jinan. This is extremely convenient, since there is a teahouse right next door! Come and enjoy the scenery and some tea, like the emperors of old.

Black Tiger Springs

With three tiger head statues, listen to water roar to the surface!

Five Dragon Pool

Located in a peaceful park alongside an older Tang dynasty temple, this spring offers a serene and relaxing opportunity for anyone that needs to refresh.

Daming Lake Park

The Daming Lake, considered one of the greatest treasures of Jinan, is continuously filled with the waters from the 72 springs. Here you will find Beiji Temple, the largest Taoist temple in Jinan. Along with other temples, pagodas, and fountains, the park is also known to host festivals and exhibitions, as well as an amusement park.

Thousand-Buddha Mountain

Visit this mountain and find temples, caves, pavilions, towers, and, you may have guessed, statues of Buddha. Hundreds were carved into the mountain long ago, causing locals to replace the original name of Mt. Li. Feel free to walk to take a bus to the top, but definitely take advantage of the slide going back down.

Spring City Square

A great place to have fun to just watch people have fun. Many locals meet here to dance, play sports, anything they can think of.

Jinan Zoo

One of China’s best zoos, the Jinan Zoo contains over 5000 animals. Recent upgrades now allow children to interact with some animals, making this a great stop for any family.

Great Wall of Qi

Dating back to 685 BC, the wall was constructed to protect the land from invaders. Many portions of the wall exist to this day and it provided defense when the People’s Liberation Army came to seize the city. The Liberation Pavilion in Jinan shows a preserved section of the wall and provides plenty of details on its past. This is well worth the time of any history buff.

Four Door Pagoda

Built in 661, it stands as the oldest one-story stone structure in China. Inside are four Buddhist statues, while a cypress tree next to the building is thought to be over 1000 years old. Nearby are the remains of Shentong Temple, which was founded even earlier but destroyed by the many conflicts in the area.

Lingyang Temple

One of the four most famous temples of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), during which the monk Xuan Zang translated Buddhist manuscripts brought back from India. The structures and artifacts here are among the best preserved in China.

Hero’s Hill

A beautiful park with a memorial dedicated to the soldiers that fought against the Japanese during and before WWII.

Shandong Jinan Shopping
Clothes

Like with technology, much of the clothes that are labeled “Made in China” are usually more affordable here in Jinan than back home. So get out there, shop around, and cut out the middle man.

Walmart

That’s right, we said Walmart. Head into the shopping center to find this familiar giant.

Yellow River Carp

Carp from the Yellow River are large and beautiful in color, with tender and tasty low fat meat Cooked, steamed and stewed carp has unique medicinal value.

Tesco

Another household name for Western Europeans, Tesco is bound to provide some of the comforts of home in case you need a breather.

Culture Market

Talk about the ultimate area to go souvenir shopping. The culture market thrives on weekends by selling anything from pottery and paintings to postcards and stamps.

Technology Market

Dong’e Town in Pingyin County is the producer of donkey-hide gelatin. As early as in the Northern Wei Dynasty, its donkey-hide gelatin was a tribute to the imperial family. With 18 varieties of amino acid and 28 kinds of trace elements, donkey-hide gelatin can nourish the blood, stop bleeding, reinforce body fluid, and treat yin deficiency.

Ejiao

Made from donkey hide, this substance has a variety of uses. Ejiao has medicinal and manufacturing uses, while also being edible as a snack. It might sound strange at first but, trust us, it’s pretty useful stuff.

Shopping Streets and Firms
Shandong Jinan Planning
Air Travel

Located in Yaoqiang Town in the suburbs of Jinan City, Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport is linked with the city proper by the Airport Expressway and the Jinan Round-the-City Expressway. This airport has 230 weekly domestic and international flights and 54 airlines travelling to 35 Chinese and foreign cities. Domestic scheduled flights travel mainly to Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Shenyang, Dalian, Changchun, Guangzhou, Wenzhou, Fuzhou, Changsha, Kunming, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, and Urumqi.

Railways

At the junction of the Tianjin-Pukou and Jiaozhou-Jinan railways, Jinan is an important railway hub of China. There are two railway stations in Jinan—Jinan Railway Station and Jinan East Railway Station. Jinan Railway Station is a large junction with double-deck and single-deck express trains traveling directly to Beijing and Qingdao. Travelers can visit any city in China by train from Jinan.

Highways

Jinan has highways in many directions. Here, the Jinan-Qingdao Expressway meets the Beijing-Fuzhou Expressway. Two national trunk roads, Beijing-Shanghai and Qingdao-Yinchuan highways, intersect here; and four national roads Nos. 104, 220, 308 and 309 run through the city.   In addition there are many provincial roads  which radiate to all places in Shandong Province. While taking long-distance buses, passengers can go from Jinan to all counties (cities) in the province, as well as to 37 prefectures and cities of other provinces.

Urban Transport

Jinan City has many transport facilities, including 84 public bus lines, and 22,000 air-conditioned buses with a ticket costing one or two yuan. Jinan citizens only need to take a short walk to find a bus stop, and all tourist attractions can be reached by public buses. Air-conditioned buses go around the city, passing Daming Lake, Spurting Spring Lake, Spring City Square, Black Tiger Spring, Thousand Buddha Mountain, and Shandong Provincial Museum. On Sundays and Saturdays, and at festivals, special tourist buses go from the Sports Center or Jiefang Bridge to Lingyan Temple and Five-Peak Mountain.

It is also very convenient to travel by taxi in Jinan. The starting price for Sangtana and Jetta taxis is six yuan, and the fare rate is 1.2 yuan per kilometers.

Airline information: 0531-6949418 (24-hour service)
Plane Ticket Office: 0531-6010333
Train information: 0531-2424762
Long-distance bus information: 0531-5818369
Taxi information: 0531-5818369