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Top Things to Do in Jinan

Jinan, short as Ji, is the provincial capital of China's Shandong Province, serving as the administrative, cultural and educational center of the province. Located in the northwest part of the province, it nestles against Mt. Tai in the south and stretches over the Yellow River in the north.
Jinan has a long history, which could be traced back to as early as the Neolithic Age. It is the cradle of the Longshan Culture, an important symbolization of the origin of Chinese civilization. In the city, there are many historical and cultural relics, such as the remains of the Great Wall of Qi which was built during the Warring States period (475-221BC), the painted arhat sculptures of the Song Dynasty, the Big Buddha Statue of the Sui Dynasty and etc.
Jinan has the nickname of the City of Springs because of the large numbers of springs within its territory. There are over 100 springs scattering around old Jinan city. Baotu Spring, Black Tiger Spring, Five Dragon Pool and Pearl Spring are the four most famous ones in the city. The water of these springs flows towards north direction into Daming Lake, another label of Jinan city, and forms a unique landscape with the surrounding Thousand Buddha Mountain, Queshan Mountain and etc. Jinan is one of a few cities in China that gather mountains, springs, lakes, rivers together within one city. Besides the beautiful scenery within the city, Jinan is also a convenient base for exploration of the surrounding regions, such as Qufu, the hometown of the Confucius, which is about 2 hours' drive from Jinan city and Mt. Tai, top of the Five Great Mountains in China, which is only about 1 hour drive from Jinan city.
Must-see Attractions
  • Confucius Temple (Qufu), the oldest and largest Confucius temple in China, where people worship Confucius;
  • Daming Lake, the pearl of the City of Springs, embraced by lotuses and willows and includes half of the most beautiful views of Jinan city;
  • Mt. Tai, World Heritage Site, top of Five Great Mountains in China with prestigious position in Taoism and breathtaking scenery.
Recommended Hotels in Jinan
Sofitel Silver Plaza, Jinan
Sofitel Silver Plaza, JinanSofitel Silver Plaza, Jinan
#2 of 984 Hotels in Jinan
No.66 Luoyuan Main Street, Lixia District, Jinan
Hotel Management Group: Accor Hotels
Surroundings: Jet Spring Park (1.1km), Thousand Buddha Mountain (1.8km), Daming Lake Scenic Area (1.9km), Thousand Buddha Mountain Park (2.3km), Jinan Henglong Square (810m), Wanda Plaza (Jisi Road) (2.5km)
Litian Hotel, Jinan
Litian Hotel, Jinan
#40 of 984 Hotels in Jinan
No.66 Jingyi Road, Jinan
Surroundings: Daming Lake Scenic Area (2.0km), Jet Spring Park (2.1km), Wanda Plaza (Jingsi Road) (853m)
Ramada Plaza, Taian
Ramada Plaza, Taian
#1 of 303 Hotels in Tai'an
No.16 Yingsheng East Road, Taishan District, Tai'an
Hotel Management Group: Ramada
Surroundings: Mountain Tai (2.1km), Taishan Temple (3.1km), Wanda Plaza (Tai'an) (2.6km)
International Hotel, Taian
International Hotel, Taian
#74 of 303 Hotels in Tai'an
Yingbin Middle Avenue, Daiyu District, Tai'an
Surroundings: Mountain Tai (4.9km), Taishan Temple (5.8km), Wanda Plaza (Tai'an) (2.7km)
Recommended Restaurants in Jinan
Jin Chun Xi (Hexie Plaza)
  • A wide range of authentic traditional Chinese cuisine
  • Warm service and decoration style in bright hue make it a best choice for tourists
Location: No.501 Room of south area of Hexie Plaza, No.22799 Jingshi Road, Jinan
Special Dishes: Boiled Dumplings stuffed with Cuttlefish, Steamed Spareribs with Rice Flour, Sautéed Sweet and Sour Pork Tenderloin, Chinese Yam with Osmanthus Sauce, Chicken with Three Cups Sauce, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY57/USD9
A Story of A Small Town (Huayuan Road)
  • A large variety of traditional and palatable Chinese dishes
  • Winning big raves from the locals and the tourists
  • Time-honored restaurant among Jinan catering
Location: the South of Linye Building, Huayuan Zhuang East Road, Licheng District, Jinan
Special Dishes: Chicken Feet in Clay Pot, Fried Eggplant with Minced Pork, Chinese Yam with Blueberry Sauce, Deep-Fried Peanuts Pickled in Vinegar, Fried Carp with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Sautéed Eel with Duck Blood Curd, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY52/USD9
Quanxing Restaurant
  • It inherits the essence of Shandong cuisine
  • Offering warm service and perfect dining environment
Location: No.19 Room, 2F, Guihe Shopping Mall, Luneng Elite City, South Ring Road, Jinan
Special Dishes: Stir-Fried Kidney, Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish, Guotie, Sizzling Potato with Minced Pork in Chili Sauce, Braised Potato in Casserole, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY60/USD10
Night Shows and Entertainment
Lantern Show in Sprouting Spring Park
Lantern Show in Sprouting Spring Park
Highlights: celebrating Spring Festival, various lanterns of different themes, shows of folk customs
Ticket Price: free
Time: start from the first day of Spring Festival and last about twenty days (annually)
Get there from Sofitel Silver Plaza:
  • By bus: Take Traveling Line bus No.777 at Quancheng Square Stop and get off at Baotuquan Dongmen Stop. (1 stop)
  • By taxi: CNY9/USD1.5
Get there from Litian Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.5 at Tianqiaonan Stop and get off at Baotuquan Beimen Stop. (1 stop)
  • By taxi: CNY9/USD1.5
Chinese Modern Opera in Shandong Grand Theater
Opera & Concert in Shandong Grand Theater
Highlights: a comprehensive theater designed by famous French designer Paul Andreu; classical operas and concerts performed by global famous musicians are up to date
Ticket price: CNY20-200/USD3-33 (vary according to seats and shows)
Time: 15:00, 17:30 (vary according to different shows)
Capacity: 1775 seats
Get there from Sofitel Silver Plaza:
  • By bus: Take bus No. K96 at Yinzuoshangcheng Stop and transfer to No.133 at Liuzhuang Stop (22 stops); and get off at Shenghuidajuyuan Stop (7 stops).
  • By taxi: CNY31/USD5
Get there from Litian Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.156 at Huochezhan Stop and get off at Shenghuidajuyuan Stop. (15 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY24/USD6
Local Market / Night Street
Hongjialou Night Market
Hongjialou Night Market
Hongjialou Night Market is the busiest one in Jinan city. Its existence enriches people's night life, from varieties of small articles to delicious cuisines. There are many famous old food shops endowing the common dishes with an extraordinary taste. Here you could also taste various of South Korean delicious while not that expensive cuisines.
Opening hours: all day
Things you can buy: local commodities, cuisines
Get there from Sofitel Silver Plaza:
  • By bus: Take bus No.113 at Yinzuo Shangcheng Stop and get off at Qilibaolu Hongjiaxilu Stop. (11 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY12/USD2
Get there from Litian Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.118 at Huochezhan Stop and get off at Hongjialou Stop. (1 stop)
  • By taxi: CNY17/USD3
Furong Street
Furong Street
Furong Street is an ancient street that is notable for springs. Since Ming dynasty, it has been a bustling main street in Jinan city. The first camera shop, glass store, and the most prosperous department store all started in Furong Street. It's also an eminent snack street. Numerous of delicious snacks remained through test of time and taste.
Opening hours: all day
Things you can buy: local snacks
Get there from Sofitel Silver Plaza:
  • By bus: Take bus No.101 at Tianditanjie Stop and get off at Furongjie Stop. (1 stop)
  • By taxi: CNY11/USD2
Get there from Litian Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.43 at Zhanqianlu Nankou Stop and get off at Furongjie Stop. (5 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY12/USD2
Grand View Garden
Grand View Garden
Grand View Garden built in 1932 restored ancient commercial port in Jinan. It's one of the most important recreational places of Jinan city. In its peaking period, there were more than four hundred shops of different functions. Chenguang Tea-house in Grand View Garden has been a representative brand for cultural activities.
Opening hours: all day
Things you can buy: local specialties
Get there from Sofitel Silver Plaza:
  • By bus: Take bus No.49 at Yinzuo Shangcheng Stop and get off at Daguanyuan Stop. (6 stops) (recommended)
  • By taxi: CNY12/USD2
Get there from Litian Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.43 at Zhanqianlu Nankou Stop and get off at Daguanyuan Stop. (1 stop)
  • By taxi: CNY9/USD1.5

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