Jinan City is situated at 36°40'N and 117°00'E. It leans against the Taishan Mountain on the south, and spans towards the Yellow River on the north. It lies in the transition zone between hills and the alluvial plain.
Jinan is known as the City of Springs. In this map of Jinan, the Black Tiger Spring and the Pearl Spring can be found. Additionally, near these two springs, you can see the Baotuquan Park, which was built on the site of the Baotu Spring. The Baotu Spring is the most famous one of the 72 springs in Jinan. Besides the tourist attractions written in red, the Daminghu Park, the Qianfoshan Park, the Baihua Park, the Botanical Garden and several other parks are recommended. Quancheng Lu is a popular commercial street in the city. The People's Store (Ren Min Shang Chang) on 4 Jing Lu (Jing Si Lu) and Yinzuo Shopping Mall on Luoyuan Dajie are shown here clearly. If you need to go to other cities by train, just go to Jinan East Railway Station or Jinan Railway Station showed on the map.
You can buy the train tickets when you arriving at the train station. Or you can ask help for TravelChinaGuide. They provides online ticket booking service. Their contact information is bookingtravelchinaguide.com.
If you refer to high-speed train, the duration is only about 4 hours. Second class seat is CNY398.5,
first class seat is CNY673.5 and business class seat is CNY1263.5.
As I know, only cash is accepted at the ticket window in railway stations.