Jinan (济南), Shandong, China Travel Guide

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Jinan, Shandong Province
Jinan, Shandong Province
Author: Xiehechaotian (Copyleft)

Jinan (济南) is the capital and second biggest city in Shandong Province, China. The city has a sub-provincial administrative status. It covers 8,177 sq km (3,157 sq mi) and has a population of 6 million people.

Guide to Jinan Hotels

It's never easy finding the hotel that's just right for your stay. Still, by taking a little time to do your research, you increase your chance of getting a good hotel at the best price. Go through the list of hotels in Jinan which we've put together, with full description, star rating, address, location map and evaluation. Pick the hotel of your choice and view the rates offered by different booking sites. Yes, we show you prices from different websites, so you don't have to visit them one by one.

More about Jinan

Jinan is located 400 km to the south of Beijing. It is bordered by Dezhou to the northwest, Binzhou to the northeast, Zibo to the east, Laiwu to the southeast, Tai'an to the south, Liaocheng to the southwest and Dezhou to the northwest. The city occupies the area between the Yello River to the north and the Taishan Mountains to the south.

Pearl Spring Pool, Jinan
Pearl Spring Pool, Jinan
Author: Rolfmueller (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Jinan experiences a climate between humid subtropical and humid continental. Its warmest monts are June and July, when the average high temperature reaches 32°C. Coldest month is January, when the average low temperature drops to -4°C. July is the wettest month with 201 mm of precipitation.

Jinan, which means "south of the Ji River", was named after a river that has disappeared in 1852, when the Yellow River changed its course. The city was formerly written as Tsinan in the Wade-Giles romanization. Human habitation in the area goes back thousands of years, with evidence such as the Neolithic Longshan Culture discovered in 1928.

Qianfoshan Park (Thousand Buddha Hill), Jinan
View of Xi'an from Dayan Tower
Author: Qquchn (public domain)

Jinan was the capital of the Kingdom of Jibei during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD). Excavation of Han Dynasty tombs has yielded artifacts ranging from funerary masks to pillows and swords, all crafted from jade.

Today Jinan is a modern city. It played host to the 11th All China Games in 2009. The people of Jinan speak a Jinan dialect of Mandarin which is not easily understood by speakers of standard Mandarin. The city is a railroad hub and a market for agricultural products. It also has a number of industries including textile, steel and chemical.

Qianfoshan Buddha statues, Jinan
Qianfoshan Buddha statues, Jinan
Author: Rolf Müller (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)

Planning your trip to Jinan

Jinan is a major transportation hub. There are high-speed trains connecting it with Beijing (3.5 hours) and Shanghai (5 hours). You can also fly to Jinan, and take a taxi from the airport to downtown. The journey from airport takes an hour and costs ¥100.

Exploring Jinan

For a tourist, it may be more practical to take the taxi than to learn to take the bus, which are often overcrowded. The bus fare is ¥2 for an air-conditioned bus. Taxi fares start at ¥7.50. Have someone write your destination in Chinese to show to the taxi driver.

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Places of Interest in Jinan

  1. Baotu Springs
  2. Black Tiger Springs
  3. Five Dragon Pool
  4. Hero Mountain (Yingxiongshan)
  5. Red Leaves Valley (Hongyegu)
  6. Scientific and Technical Museum
  7. Shandong Provincial Museum
  8. Spring City Square (Qian Cheng Guang Chang)
  9. Thousand Buddha Hill (Qianfoshan)

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