The Yellow River
The Yellow River, or Huang He, passes through only one city on its tortuous route to the sea, and that is Lanzhou in Gansu. However, it passes right by Jinan, and you can reach it by a ten-minute taxi ride from the centre of town.
A small park has been constructed - and is fast decaying - on the southern bank.
It is a sobering and fascinating viewpoint of the river known as China's sorrow for the devastation it has caused down the ages.
From the vantage point of the dyke, you can see the paper flat horison stretching away from east to west. This is the very edge of the north China plain. In front of you, the creamy beige river oozes by, carrying huge quantities of the loess silt of the Shanxi, Shaanxi and Gansu uplands.
You are looking at potentially the most dangerous thing in all of China, maybe even on the whole planet. This quiet, 300 metre wide stretch of water is what has killed many millions of people, and threatens to do so in the future.
It is awesome and makes you understand the infinitely small power and frailty of the human form.
This tiny temple is located to the west of Five Dragon Pool Park along a very busy road. The temple is dedicated to Guandi, the Taoist God of War and is free to go inside.
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