Jinan Travel Guide

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Jinan Things to Do

  • Jinan Museum

    After visiting some excellent provincial museums in other cities, (such as Chongqing and Wuhan, for example), this one was very poor with some only OK exhibits housed in an appalling and decaying museum miles away from the other sights in the city. Your only way of getting here is by taxi but I wouldn't bother as it's not worth your while visiting....

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  • Daming Lake

    Daming Lake is located to the north of the city centre and translates as "Lake of Great Light". The water from most of the springs in the city converge to form the lake where it then empties through the North Water Gate built during the Song dynasty (960-1279). The lake itself was recorded as early as 1,500 years ago in the Annotated Book of Waters...

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  • Shandong Provincial Museum

    It is not normal for me to suggest that a 'Must See' activity is a waste of time, but here goes....This museum should be one of China's treasures, and indeed several guidebooks highly rate its collections.The museum is in a poor state of maintenance, and is decaying. The exhibits are poorly labelled, very badly lit and objects are grouped together...

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  • Five Dragon Pool Park

    This spring park lies just to the north of the Baotu Spring Park. Legend links the Five Dragon Pool to the Tang Dynasty general Qin Shubao, whose residence is said to have stood at the site. According to the legend, the spring pool formed after torrential rains and submersed Qin Shubao's home. The spring that supplies the water for the Five Dragon...

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  • Guandi Temple

    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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  • Mosque

    This mosque is located to the west of Baotu Spring Park and dates back to the late 13th century. The mosque is located in the Muslim area of the city where you can find lots of stalls and restaurants cooking up Muslim food.

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  • Baotu Spring Park

    This is the most famous set of springs in Jinan and are located in the centre of the city, across the road from Quancheng Square. The existence of the Baotu Spring has been dated back more than 3,500 years to the times of the Shang Dynasty. The spring is mentioned in the Spring and Autumn Annals, the official chronicle of the ancient State of Lu...

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  • Quancheng Square

    This is a lovely, well designed rectagonal square known, in English, as Spring City Square. It's located right in the middle of the city, surrounded by tall office and hotel buildings. There's a musical fountain at its eastern end where water dances to western orchestral classics to the back-drop of a two-storey colonnade.

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  • Baotu Spring Park

    The most famous spring in Jinan (known as "spring city"). There's also a museum about famous female Song-dynasty poet Li Qingzhao (a Jinan native) in the park.Admission has risen to 40 RMB and some people feel that it's not worth the price though.

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  • Bao4 Tu4 Quan2/spring

    Jinan is known for its numerous springs. Much like Rome. The difference is while in Rome I saw most springs have been channelled into beautifully carved public taps which keep flowing, the springs remain as springs in Jinan. This Bao Tu Quan has water oozing from the eye and it thrills me to see this (April 2006).It is unfortunate that the spring...

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  • Hong Jia Lou

    The Hong Jia building was built in 1905. This year is its century commemoration. It have come through too much. Hearing from old-timers, the Church had many steps what covered in soil already. Behind the church, there is bulge where is the location of holy place. In the past, the villagers around the building were living with the church in...

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  • Baotu Spring

    Centering around springs, Baotu Spring Park is a natural rock and spring garden unique in ethnic style. Baotu Spring, the best one among the famous 72 springs in Jinan, is hailed as "the first spring under the heaven", the spring water spurts out in three prongs, with water droplets falling around, just like three piles of snow, which is very...

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  • Da Ming Lake

    The name of Daming Lake was first recorded in the Annotated Book of Waters written by Li Daoyuan, a writer in the Northern Wei Dynasty. The park takes an area of 86 ha., with the lake covering 46.5 ha. Inside the park, willows queue around the lake with lotus overlapping on the lake. For its beauty, Daming Lake has been the converging place for...

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  • Colonial architecture

    Jinan has a lot of colonial architecture, a legacy of the occupation by both Germany and Japan in the early part of the 20th century. However, a lot of it seems to be under threat from new developments, and the area between the station and the old town is already being demolished very quickly.One particular building of note is the Jinan Railway...

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  • The Southern Moat

    My fondest memory of Jinan is the southern moat, which stretches for several kilometres between Baotuquan and the Heihu area. The city has landscaped the surroundings and the resulting stone and marble walkways make for a relaxing walk for several hours, stopping to admire the many springs.The local people come to fill all manner of bottles,...

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Jinan Restaurants

  • Good budget place for local food

    Good local food at reasonable budget prices. Stir-fried li3 ji1 shreds (chao3 li3 ji1 si1, 18 RMB): one of the dishes that you'll see on every table in this restaurant, very tender shreds of meat.Pu3 cai4 (a kind of vegetable) in milky broth (nai3 tang1 pu3 cai4, 14 RMB): a traditional Shandong dish that's now rarely seen in restaurants.Fish...

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  • Pickled chilli pepper steamed fish

    The deco is contemporary Asian. From the outside the Chinese characters shao shan chong perch above the roof. So you can't miss it.Menu in Chinese only. Don't just get frustrated because the names are all accompanied with pictures of the dishes. Well, then again, you might say with the Chinese skills in slicing cutting and marinating you can never...

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  • Cantonese food in Jinan

    You get good double-boiled soup, and glutinous rice & chicken wrapped in lotus leaves.Typical fast-food setting. A few chicks and ducks and char-xiu hang by the display window.All dishes are meant to serve an obese American - HUGE. Order the soup of the day for RMB12 and it is more than enough to feed 4 people. Soup.

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  • Malaysian/Singapore food

    The chicken rice is close to the version we get at home (ie Malaysia).The mince meat noodle soup is superb.The ice kacang is lousy thought, the shaved ice is not nearly fine enough.But to sum it up, If you misse Malaysian/Singaporean food, go there. Mince meat noodle soup, but I have not tried all the dishes yet.

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  • Decent western food and great ambience

    We were glad to discover Jenny's Cafe in Jinan. Hidden behind shades that shield the ground from the scorching heat meanwhile filling the whole place with greenery, it is not the most conspicuous. Luckily the signboard perched above the shop is huge enough. It occupies two shop fronts, and has a frontyard allowing alfresco dining. Inside is most...

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  • Night Market and Street Vendors

    In the streets leading north from the southern moat, there are a succession of streets selling all kinds of excellent street food. I stuffed myself for around 10 kuai. As good as the food in Xi'an's Muslim quarter! Just about anything.

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Jinan Transportation

  • Taxis

    Taxi flagfall is 7.5 RMB, meter rate is 1.5 RMB/km. Not a bad way to get around town if you're in a hurry. Taxi from train station to the restaurant mentioned in restaurant tips section cost about 10 RMB.

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  • Tai'an/Taishan -- Jinan bus

    Bus Tai'an -- Jinan could arrive at any of the 6 (?) long-distance bus stations in Jinan so make sure you know which one you're going to. There seems to be more than 1 long-distance bus station in Tai'an, a little confusing. Ours cost 17 RMB, arrived in 1.5 hours at the long-distance bus station opposite Jinan train station, very convenient....

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  • Jinan train station

    There's a KFC next to the long-distance bus station (opposite Jinan train station), clean squat toilets in the basement.Chinese-language Jinan map available at a newspaper stand near Jinan train station for an asking price of 5 RMB, bargainable to 4.5 RMB.

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Jinan Favorites

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    by someguy3ca Written May 9, 2004

    Favorite thing: Jinan is the friendliest place in China. I worked in a computer company there and loved it. Some of the best places to eat are the little not so clean restaurants on the street. The local beer there (Bat-to-shan) is good.

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