Jinan

Jinan is the capital of Shandong Province. It is located 455 km or 282 mi south of Beijing and 1,033 km or 640 mi north of Shanghai. The name of the city literally means “South of the Ji River,” the Ji River being the lower section of the Yellow River today. The city is known for its long history – it is the home of the Longshan Culture, a neolithic culture that thrived in the region 4,000 years before the modern times. Qufu, the hometown of Confucius, is 185 km south of Jinan. Currently the city is consisted of 6 urban districts and 4 counties, with a total population of 6 million.

Attractions

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  1. Baotu Spring

    Baotu Quan (Baotu Spring) is located northwest of the intersection of Luoyuan Avenue and Baotuquan Nan Road. This is one of the better known of the numerous springs in Jinan, and it is the central piece of a traditional garden that is 10 hectares in area.

  2. Daming Lake

    In the old days, Daming Lake, measured 46 hectares in area, made up one-fourth of Jinan. Since then Jinan has greatly expanded, but Daming Lake a main attraction in the city. The Damingh Park combines the beauty of Daming Lake with historical sites such as Lixia Pavilion and Nanfeng Hall.

  3. Jinan Yellow River Scenic Area

    The Yellow River, one of the important rivers in China, flows by Jinan. North of Jinan there is a Yellow River scenic area. One does not find anything extraordinary over there, but if want to take a look at the famed river in person, you can easily get there - the scenic area is but 8 km north of the city center.

  4. Lingyan Temple

    Lingyan Temple has a history of over 1,000 years. Back in the Tang and Song dynasties, it was known as one of the most important temples in China. The 55m-high Pizhi Tower of the temple was built in the 11th century. The Hall of Thousand Buddhas (Qianfo Dian) shelters Buddhist sculptures created during the 11th-16th century. Standing in the cemetery of temple are 167 burial pagodas, the oldest of which date back to the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-557). Lingyan Temple is located in the scenic hills 45 km north of Jinan.

  5. Quancheng Square

    Quancheng Square is located in the heart of Jinan, about half way in between Daming Lake in the north and Qianfo Mountain to the south. Occupying 16 hectares of land, the square provides public space, presents sculptural works featuring local history, and offers shopping opportunities. Baotu Spring Part is across road to the west.

  6. Thousand-Buddha Mountain

    Qianfo Shan (Thousand-Buddha Mountain) is located in southeastern Jinan. About 166 hectares in area, the hilly scenic area has a long Buddhist past. Of particular note are Qianfoya, a cliff with over 100 ancient Buddhist sculptures, the earliest of which date back to the 6-7th century. Dating back to the same time is Xingguo Temple nearby, which was reconstructed in the 15th century. Another attraction in the scenic area, Wanfodong (Cave of Ten Thousand Buddhas), is a modern creation. On Qianfo mountain one can also take a bird's view of Jinan and the Yellow River that lies north of the city. Qianfo Mountain is 280 m in elevation; one can walk up the mountain following the stone steps or ride up in a cable car.

Airport

Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport is 28 km northeast of the city center. Transportation: shuttle buses and taxis.