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Jinan Travel Guide 1: Main Jinan Facts

Another Name: City of Springs
Location: Located in the Midwest of Shandong and acts as a traffic junction to many worthwhile attractions in the province.
Population: with a population of 6,422,500
Jinan Overview: As a historical city with more than 2600 years history, Jinan is glorified as "Spring City" and is famed for its more than 100 artesian springs in and around the city area. The most popular one is perhaps the Baotu Springs, renowned as the "1st spring in the world." Besides, Jinan China is blessed with spectacular scenic areas that worth travelling. It is said of Jinan that "half the beauty of the city is represented by its wonderful lake landscapes".


Jinan Travel Guide 2: Jinan Culture

Jinan is an essential birthplace of the civilization in China. Shun, a chieftain of the pristine tribe was born in and lived around the Jinan area. And the Shungeng Mountain is the ruin of the Shun Civilization. Chengziya in the eastern Jinan is the place where the Longshan Civilization was found with the basalt as its symbol. Jinan China is also the home to many celebrities such as Bianque, founder of the Chinese traditional medicine science; Fang Xuanling and Qingqiong, men of great merit in founding the Tang Dynasty.


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Attractions in Jinan


1. Thousand Buddha Mountain: The Thousand Buddha Mountain is one of the key tourist attractions in Jinan China. In the early Sui Dynasty a great number of Buddhas were chiseled on the rocks of the mountain and the Thousand-Buddha Temple was constructed and became famous soon, hence named the mountain the same with that of the temple.

2. Daming Lake: The Daming Lake, covering an area of 46 hectares, is a largest natural lake located in the north of Jinan City. The lake itself covers an area of 460,000 square metres with an average depth of 3 meters. The lake is the convergence of a number of springs in the city, including the Pearl Spring, the Lotus Spring, and Wangfu Pool, etc.


3. Baotu Spring: The Baotu Spring is the most renowned cultural spring among the more than 70 named artesian springs in the downtown Jinan China. Emperor Qian Long even declared the Baotu Spring with the honorary title "Number One Spring under the Heaven". It has been a top tourist attraction since long and numerous people travel to Baotu Spring every year.

4. Weifang World Kite Museum: Weifang World Kite Museum, located in Weifang Kuiwen 66 Chief Street, completed in April 1989, is China's first large-scale kite museum, is currently building the world's largest kite museum professionals.


Food in Jinan  

What to Eat in Jinan China


Jinan Cuisine
Jinan cuisine is famous for its scrumptious, aromatic, fresh and pure dishes. The methods of cooking employed in the preparation of these local foods include deep-frying, grilling, frying and stir-frying but the food is non-greasy. Nutritious soup is an important feature of Jinan cuisine while shallot and garlic are widely used to create delicious flavors. Tang Cu Li Yu (Sweet and Sour Carp), Jiu Zhuan Da Chang (Fried Pork Chitterlings) and Jinan Roast Duck are very popular local delicacies.

Quancheng Steamed Stuffed Bun: This is the famous stuffed bun loved by many people. Tourists are recommended to try it when in Jinan.


You Xuan: This is another local snack and is a kind of fried cake. The finished You Xuan is golden and crisp on the outside with a soft inside; it is particularly delicious when eaten with wonton.

Fried Dumpling: Fried Dumpling is a variety of fried and baked stuffing snack. The stuffing often is comprised of pork and vegetables.


Spring Roll: Jinan people continue the custom of making Spring Rolls in the spring. Restaurants also sell spring rolls and the popular version has a variety of wild vegetable as it main filling.

Five-Stuffing Steamed Bun: As its name implies this steamed bun has a variety of fillings. They are peanut meat, sesame meat, walnut meat, almond and melon seed meat. The other ingredients are jujube meat cube and sugar, which make the bun more flavorsome.


Where to Eat in Jinan China

Jinan Snacks Street
Jinan Snacks Street is a street that runs from the Jing Shiyi Lu in the east to the Yingxiong Shan Lu in the west. This street is a place where snacks from all over the China can be found. The great advantage here is the fact that you can try a wide variety of snacks in just one place.


Quancheng Lu
Quancheng Lu is a street with a long history, so you can be sure to find traditional Chinese restaurants here. Moreover you will have the opportunity to find delicacies from all over the world if you prefer any of the numerous western fast food chains and restaurants, such as the Pizza Hut, KFC, and California Beef Noodle King. This is why the Quancheng Lu is called Jinan's 'Golden Food Street'.

Foshan Jie
Foshan Jie mainly focuses on spicy food. The flourishing of each food street has a close relationship to its surroundings. Foshan Jie is not only neighbor to up-market places like the Silver Plaza (Yinzuo) Shopping Mall, but also hotels like the Sofitel Hotel and Yuquan Simpson Hotel. The restaurants here cater for all appetites. Sichuan cuisine restaurants such as the Qiao Chuan Guo Restaurant, A Xiang Po Restaurant and Tian Wai Tian Restaurant are located here while western restaurants and those serving Korean food are also popular in Foshan Jie.


Shopping in Jinan  

What to Buy in Jinan China


Jinan Embroidery
Jinan embroidery is namely Lu Xiu (Shandong Embroidery, Lu is short for Shandong Province.) Jinan's embroidery is famous for the Hair Embroidery and Silk Embroidery. The Hair Embroidery is made with human hair. Chinese 'ink wash' painting made this way is really beautiful and true-to-life.

Mian Su
Mian Su (Flour Sculpture), namely the Dough Doll, is made of glutinous rice flour and dyes and antiseptics of different colors. Only by using fingers and simple tools such as, knives, combs, and bamboo needles, the lifelike sculptures are shaped.


Muyu Shi
Muyu Shi (Wooden-Fish Stone), the Wood-Veins Stone, is the russet stone that can be made into crafts. The tea sets made of it can delay the corruption of tea and can separate out various microelements and minerals helpful to human body.

Black Pottery
Black Pottery, an ancient pottery species popular 4000 years ago, is found in Longshan Town of Jinan, and is part of Longshan Culture. It has historic value for it is an important symbol to distinguish the earlier and the latter periods of the Neolithic Age.


Where to Buy in Jinan China


Shopping is for some a great enjoyment when traveling. Besides visiting the tourist attractions, you can have the opportunity to purchase souvenirs. As the capital city of Shandong Province, Jinan is a venue for products from the whole province. In the shopping malls, souvenir stores or the street stands, you may be sure to find something that will serve as a pleasant reminder of your visit here.


Quancheng Lu, Daguan Yuan, Renmin Shangchang and the South Gate areas are the four big commercial districts of the city. Of these, Quancheng Lu is the best place to go. There are numerous stores on Quancheng Lu including the Guihe Shopping Center, the city's largest shopping center, the Jinan Department Store, the Xinhua Book Store as well as stores selling world-famous brand name goods.

Nightlife in Jinan


In Jinan China, you can have a very relaxing time. Although the nightlife in Jinan China is not well developed, it is still a way for people to relax and make friends after a hard day’s work. According to a recent survey, Jinan's nightlife is made up of four basic types. They are the Square Nightlife, based around Quancheng Square, Food Nightlife, focused on the roadside stands and outdoor BBQs, Shopping Nightlife, based in department stores, supermarkets and the markets, and Recreational Nightlife in clubs and dance halls.

With the development of the Jinan economy, karaoke clubs, pubs, bars and coffee shops have become popular, especially among young people. KTV have now been accepted by most people as a means of escaping the heavy work pressures of modern city life, singing freely in the KTV clubs is a great escape. A Mi Guo and Hao Le Di are two KTV clubs and in these places, you can see huge photos of famous stars' on the wall and also enjoy the free buffet.


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  Best Time to Visit Jinan China


Jinan City is cold in winter and hot in summer while in spring the weather often becomes mainly dry with some rain. So many people consider that the autumn is the best season in which to visit Jinan. However, spring is really the preferred time to visit the Baotu Spring and it goes without saying that if you wish see the wonderful snowscape of Daming Lake then you need to go in winter.

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By Air
Covering an area of 230,000 square meters (about 56.8 acres), Jinan International Airport is one of China's finest airports. Notably, it is also the largest passenger airport in Shandong Province. Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport is about 33 kilometers outside of Jinan China. It connects to both the Jiqing (Jinan –Qingdao) and Jingfu (Jingfu – Fuzhou) highways, providing very convenient airport transportation.

By Train
There are two railway stations in Jinan, Jinan Railway Station and East Railway Station.


Jinan Railway Station is the largest in Shandong Province. Railway lines Beijing-Shanghai and Qingdao-Jinan pass and stop at Jinan City. It also connects Jinan with other large cities, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Lianyungang, Xian, Urumqi and Hangzhou, etc.

East Railway Station is the stopover from trains operating between Qingdao-Dandong, Qingdao-Taiyuan and Beijing-Weihai. There is a direct train (Train 2523) starting from East Railway Station to Luoyang. The journey takes about 12 hours.


By Long-Distance Bus
The express ways, Beijing-Shanghai, Jinan-Qingdao, Jinan-Liaocheng and four national highways, Beijing-Fuzhou, Binzhou-Zhengzhou, Qingdao-Shijiazhuang and Rongcheng-Lanzhou all pass by Jinan.

There are two major coach stations in Jinan China. One is Jinan Coach Terminal, No.131, Jiluo Lu, and the other is the East Coach Station, on Jiefang Lu.


By City-bus
There are about 200 bus routes in Jinan. The bus fare is CNY1. The bus numbers starting with a K charge CNY2, such as K51, etc. if you have an IC card, and then you can enjoy a 10% discount. The above mentioned tour buses don't departure until the number of passengers reaches ten. And they will return at 15:30 on the same day.

By Taxi
You can find taxis in the airport, railway station, outside the hotels and restaurants very easily. At present, there are two main kinds of taxis in Jinan: one kind is, cars of 1,600 cc displacement, and the other kind is, cars of 1,800 cc displacement. The former is CNY7 for the first three kilometers (1.86 miles) and then, CNY1.5 for each additional kilometer (0.62 mile); the latter is CNY9 for the first three kilometers. The waiting time charge is free, if less than five minutes.

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