Jinan is the capital of Shandong province. It is located on the east coast of China. Jinan is the province's political, economic and cultural center. Thanks to its long history, Jinan has been designated by the State Council as a famous historical and cultural city. As Jinan boasts a number of natural springs amid picturesque scenery, it is known as the "City of Spring". The city tree of Jinan is the willow, and the city flower is the lotus. As a historical city with more than 2600 years history, Jinan is a cradle of Chinese civilization. It is famed for the many artesian springs in and around the city area. The groundwater flowing from the southern mountain area spouted out and formed more than 100 artesian springs in Jinan City area. Baotu Spring, Pearl Spring, Black Tiger Spring and Five Dragons Pool are taken as the most well known.
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Place to Start Jinan Tour
Our guide will meet you in airport, railway station, hotel lobby or apartment of Jinan.
Best Season of Jinan Tour
jinan has a continental monsoon climate with four distinct four season temperature. Spring is dry and summer is rainy but hot; autumn is cool and winter is cold. January is the coldest month during a year. The best season to visit Jinan is April to November, spring and autumn would be good. Many artesian springs in Jinan attracted numerous tourists all over the world.
Time Zone: East 8 time zone
Clothes and other Staffs to Pack
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Wearing sweaters and coats are enough to cope with the weather in spring and autumn. Wear summer clothes such as shorts, shirts and skirts. A pair of comfortable shoes is usable in any season on your journey. Autumn is cool and sunny, long-sleeves and shirts can keep you warm in this season. Down jackets or cotton-padded coat, sweater and thick jeans are suitable for winter in Jinan.
Accommodation of Jinan Tour
About eighty hotels with star ratings are available for the travelers in Jinan. Accommodations ranging five stars to three stars could be found in the city. Though there has no youth hostel in Jinan some economic hotels can also cater to the needs of budget backpackers. All the hotels include some budget hotels are completely facilitated and with elegant designation, guests will always feel at home and relax. It is recommended that visitors make reservation in advance in the tourist season.
Jinan Traffic: Ways to get in Jinan:
--Jinan has an airport in Yaoqiang Town. Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport has flights departing for major cities in China such as Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Nanchang, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shantou, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Yantai and Zhangjiajie, etc.
--There are two railway stations in Jinan, Jinan Railway Station and Jinan East Railway Station. 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.
Internal transport: Taxi and bus are good ways to get around in Jinan city. They are convenient and fast. There are two types of public buses in Jinan, common buses and K buses, the latter is more expensive. You can get to any corner of the city by bus.
Jinan Tour Tips
Time: Better avoid rush tourist season in 1st May to 3rd May and 1st October to 7th October, they are two national holiday in China. In those periods, it will be very crowd on the street and the famous tourist spots.
Food: Food in Jinan belonging to Lu cuisine. Braising is the most used method of Lu cuisine. Traditional Jinan dishes are based on all kinds of materials including fruits and flowers. As one of four major cuisines in China, Lu cuisine has many representative dishes, some of them are: You xuan, spring roll, Wuren bao, Smoked bean curd, Fu Shou Mian Chang, Phenix Fin, Mandarin Duck Chicken, Taian Batter Cake and Fried Red Squama Fish, etc.
--You can find authentic Lu cuisines in those restaurants below:
Huiquan Restaurant (No.201, Baotu Quan Bei Lu)
Ju Feng De Restaurant (Jingwu Lu)
Daming Hu Restaurant (south to eh southeast gate of Daming Lake)
Weishan Hu Restaurant (No.18 Jida Lu)
Water: Tap water in the hotel could not be drink directly.
·What to buy?
Jinan is the capital of Shandong province; besides visiting some tourist spots in the city you can also buy some local products for souvenirs. Popular Jinan products include the local style embroidery, black pottery, wooden-fish stone, feather pictures, textiles, Daming Lake lotus, Ejiao (donkey-hide gelatin), hawthorn, walnut and white pears, etc. When you visit Mt.tai you can buy “Three Treasures on Mt. Tai”-- Chenxiang Lion, Wenliang Jade and Yellow Vitreous Enamel Calabash.
·Where to buy?
Travelers can buy some local staffs on Quancheng road, People’s Market and area near South Gate. You can buy local specialties such asembroidery, wooden-fish stone and black pottery in Yingxiongshan Shichang, Xi Shichang Clothing Store and Xi Shichang Small Merchandise Wholesale Market. --Other places for shopping are:
Silver Plaza Shopping Mall (No.66 Luoyuan Dajie)
Antique Shops (No.188 Jingsi Lu)
Renmin Shopping Center (3 Jingsi Road, Shizhong District)
Festivals and customs: There are some featured festivals and events in Jinan. Spring water Culture Week is one of them. It is held in September 27th. A series of special activities will be held in this day, including large-scale variety show, a fireworks display and the appreciation of spring water. You can know more about the beautiful spring in Jinan during the festival.
Recreation in Jinan
Eating some local foods, shopping and go to some famous scenic spots would be great for recreation in Jinan, while you can also have fun at night. Nightlife in Jinan is colorful; all kinds of shops and bars are available for both young and aged people. If you like tea, ChenguangTeahouse is the place we recommend. We also have some famous clubs and entertainment places to recommend:
Canbbean Bar (Hongmen Road)
The autumn that year (Sanhe Village)
Havana Bar (Opposite to the northern gate of Dai Temple)
Must-see Attractions of Jinan Tour
Baotu Spring: Located in the center of Jinan city, Baotu Spring is famous for its spring and man-made landscapes. It is also the most famous of the three major places of interests in Jinan and hence the symbol of Jinan city. There are 27 springs in the Baotu Spring Park such as the famous Jinxian spring, Shuyu spring, horse run spring, crouching ox spring, Huanghua spring, willow spring etc. As a must-see attraction in Jinan it is really a treasured city park featuring springs.
Daming Lake Park: Be regarded as one of three must-see attractions in Jinan (they are Baotu Spring, Daming Park and Thousand Buddha Mountain) Daming lake is a natural lake formed from many springs. Constant water level which unaffected by heavy rains or drought is the feature of this lake. There are six islands in Daming Lake contain flowers, trees and other plants flourishing amongst the various pavilions. The lake is a center of activity and you can find fish leaping near yachts and boats.
Thousand Buddha Hill: Situated in the south part of Jinan, Thousand Buddha Mountain is one of three must-see attractions in Jinan. It was called Mount Lishan in the old times. Buddhism was in trend and thousands of stone Buddhist sculptures were engraved on the mountain.Main peak of the mountain is 280m above sea level, many big stones, temples, pavilions; terraces are dotted on the mountain. The main scenic spots include pagoda-tree of the Tang Dynasty, Xingguo Temple, Nine Spots Terrace, Wenchang Temple, Shun Temple and Stone Buddhist Head.
Shandong Provincial Museum: This museum in Jinan featuring about 100000 historical relics, 8000 specimens and a collection of 12000 books in exhibition. The museum has fifteen exhibitions halls where eleven permanent displays are on show. These include figure paintings from the Han Dynasty, Buddhist sculpture, Shandong history and culture and a Confucian Culture exhibition. There is also a collection of calligraphy and paintings, Lu embroidery, fine porcelain articles, etc. It is a good way to know more about Shandong culture during your visit to this museum.
Quancheng Square: Quancheng Square is located in the central part of Jinan. It is surrounded by mountain, spring and river. The Square has a total area of 16.96 hectares, standing in the square you can have a look at the old city in the north, see Baotu Spring flowing slowly in the west, look into distance at the verdant Thousand Buddha Mountain stretching along in the south, look ahead the Liberation Pavilion fresh and elegant as a picture in the east.
Mountain Tai: Mountain Tai is the first mountain in the five high mountains. It lies in the middle of Shan dong province, and in the north of Tai an. On the mountain Tai, Buddhism and Taoism are very popular, so many emperors of the past visited it. Mountain Tai is a very mysterious place for many travelers. If you want to reach the top, you must clime more than 7000 stone steps .the most famous and steepest road is eighteen mountain bends. With rich cultural atmosphere, Mountain Tai is really a worth tourist site to visit during your Jinan Tour.
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