Jinan, the capital of Shandong Province, is located in the midwest of Shandong and acts as a traffic junction to many worthwhile attractions in the province. Known as the 'City of Springs', it is popular among visitors for its many springs and unique manly Lu Culture.
Jinan is a historical city with a history of some 2,000 years and is famed for its numerous relics. It is the cradle of the Longshan Relics Culture, the reputed prehistoric culture of China and is found in Longshan Town, hence the name. Here you will find far more than you would expect, the ancient Great Wall of the Qi State (a state of the Zhou Dynasty (770B.C. – 221B.C.)), the colored sculptures of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in the Lingyan Temple and so on.
The city is the home of Shandong cuisine, a popular cuisine of China.
The unique souvenirs include Ejiao, Black Pottery, Lu Embroidery and Wooden-Fish wares.
Jinan is the right place to see some very typical festivals including The Lantern Festival in the Baotu Spring Park, the Lotus Festival in the Daming Lake Park and the Double-Nine Festival on the Thousand-Buddha Mountain.
In the Daming Lake Park
Compared with those capital cities, or other large and medium-size cities in China, the city has few advantages and lacks a metropolitan atmosphere, the highlight being its numerous springs. Some people say Jinan's glamour is not merely its enticing natural beauty, but more the warmth of the local people. The beauty of nature is thin and weak, but the beauty that comes from people will last forever.