Beautiful Jinan captured in photos

Quancheng Square is one of the iconic landmarks of Jinan, capital of Shandong province. Quancheng (city of springs) is a nickname for Jinan. The city had 151 artesian springs within its 3.26-square-kilometer old city limit in the mid-19th century. Only 72 springs have survived the city's modernization and today they are treasured by locals. [Photo/]

Daming Lake bathing in the setting sun looks quite serene against the high buildings and large mansions in the distance. The lake, which is fed by the area's artesian karst springs, is one of Jinan's most popular scenic spots. [Photo/]

A sightseeing boat cruises on the Daming Lake in the genial sunshine of late autumn. [Photo/]

An aerial photo records the magnificent mountain scenery in the southern part of Jinan. [Photo/]

Ancient pavilions, bridges, gardens and pagodas can be seen in the parks surrounding the springs, providing visitors more enjoyment during sightseeing. [Photo/]

 An aerial photo captures the picturesque landscape of Black Tiger Spring in Jinan. The spring originates from a 3-meter-deep, 1.7-meter-wide natural cave. Its name comes from the roaring sound it makes when water gushes out of tiger-head-shaped stones. [Photo/]

An aerial photo captures the beautiful pastoral scenery of the rural area in Jinan, Shandong province. [Photo/]

The Sacred Heart Cathedral, commonly known as the Hongjialou Cathedral, is the largest church in the region and a landmark of Jinan. Designed by an Austrian missionary and built in the early 20th century, it is also an important example of modern Jinan architecture. [Photo/]

 Jinan, capital city of Shandong province, is a modern and well-developed metropolis. [Photo/]



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