Jinan City is a famous national historical and cultural city and also an excellent tourism city in China. Nestled in Mount Tai and embraced by the Yellow River, Jinan City enjoys both the beauty of mountains and water with unique natural conditions and beautiful environment. Renowned for its clear springs and lakes, Jinan City is dotted with green and clear natural springs in the urban area, which makes the city to be well-known at home and abroad and to be a famous city of springs in China. In the south, there are stacks of rolling and towering hills with stiffs and dark green forest, stretching to the north side of Dai Yue; in the north, there are a few high and steep isolated peaks looking like nine smoke points and falling stars; the Yellow River in the north of the city is like a water belt that rushes forward endlessly and appears to be majestic and magnificent. The combination of unique geographical features of mountain, spring, lake and river has endowed Jinan City with delicately beautiful temperament and exuberant vitality, which helps form a spring-featured city garden and fully reflects the cityscape pattern integrating mountains, springs, lakes and rivers harmoniously.
Jinan is featured by springs. Mountains are the cradle of a spring and rivers are the vessels of a spring, lakes are the place where springs converge, and a city is the life of a spring. Together they breed the brilliant and splendid spring culture, Qi-Lu culture and celebrity culture, folk culture and modern urban culture. Tourism and culture complement each other, which are sparking, fascinating and memorable. The four springs in the old city have long enjoyed a good reputation, and they are telling the stories of the chic city of springs--Jinan together with the old streets and lanes including Daming Lake, Thousand-Buddha Hill, City Moat, and Lotus Street; the urban complexes like Plaza66, Wanda Plaza, and Harmony Mall integrates shopping, entertainment and catering, which reflects the fashion style of a modern city; various tours such as suburb eco-leisure tour, village experience tour, historical culture tour, and fitness entertainment tour represent colorful features, showing the colorfulness and varieties of the "world's city of springs"; a group of tourism projects like Queshanlong Lake, North Jinan Wetland Park, Shanghe Spa International, and Chengbo Lake scenic area, and Jinan Eastern Provence have proceeded steadily.
Jinan is one of the first group of areas with flourishing culture in the lower reaches of the Yellow River and it has a long history and splendid culture. The splendid Chinese culture has left a large number of cultural relics here, making it a vibrant place of Qi-Lu culture in addition to a few national heritage conservation units and provincial-level heritage conservation units. Just to name some famous ones: Shun gen Mountain, the site of Shun Culture; Chengziya Site, the source of Longshan culture (one of the Chinese three important ancient cultures); Lingyan Temple (located in Changqing County), ranking the first place among the "four wonders" of China's Buddhist temples; Four-gate Tower (located in Liubu Town and dated back to Sui Dynasty), the oldest stone tower in China; Qi Great Wall, built prior to Qin Dynasty; and Luozhuang Han Tomb (including the exquisite grotto statues dated back to the Northern Wei and the Sui and Tang dynasties; the stone Memorial Hall of Kwok family (located at Xiaotang Mountain), which is the existing oldest ground dwelling building; and the abundant stone paintings and inscriptions of Han Dynasty), which is rated as one of the "China's Top Ten Archaeological New Findings in 2000". These exquisite art treasures add a strong historical color and artistic charms for the green mountains and rivers of Jinan. Jinan is the birthplace of many famous figures in Chinese history, such as Bian Que, founder of traditional Chinese medicine, Zou Yan, master of the school of yin-yang and the five elements, Fang Xuanling and Qin Qiong, founding fathers of Tang Dynasty and Li Qingzhao and Xin Qiji, representatives of Song poetry in the Song dynasty. In addition, the outstanding litterateurs and scholars of various dynasties, including Li Bai, Du Fu, Su Shi and Zeng Gong, have lived or traveled in Jinan where they made poems to praise this beautiful city, helping it gain the title of "Jinan abounds celebrities".
Jinan is also famous for its local specialties such as wooden fish stone, Pingyin rose, Jinan donkey-hide gelatin, black pottery, Ming Lake Lotus root, Pu dishes , Shandong embroidery, Jinan cuisine, Mingshui fragrant rice, Jinan dough modeling, Yellow River carp, and zhangqiu scallion. Meanwhile, it has a variety of tourism spots that make it a must-visit place for tourists. Major scenic attractions: Spring landscape, Baotu Spring Scenic Area, Daming Lake, Thousand-Buddha Hill Scenic Area, Quancheng Plaza, Baimai Spring Scenic Spot, Liubu Buddhist Monuments Area, Changqing Linyan Temple Scenic Area, Stone Memorial Hall of Kwok family at Xiaotang Mountain, Red-Leaf Valley Eco-cultural Tourism Area, Jinxiang Mountain and Jiuru Mountain Waterfall Scenic Area and so on.
Jinan, the city of springs, is looking forward to receiving friends from home and abroad with a new attitude!