Jinan

Jinan

Jinan is located south of the Yellow River (Huáng Hé) near the east coast of China. It emerged from one of the oldest villages in ancient China. The name Jinan consists of two components: “Nán“ means south and combined with the first syllable “Jǐ“, the city’s name translates to “City south of the river Jǐ“. After a flood in the 19th century, the Yellow River changed its course. Therefore, the river Jǐ is now a part of the Yellow River.
The booming metropolitan area is inhabited by over seven million people. Over the years it has evolved into one of the most important technology regions in China, especially regarding the commercial vehicle sector.
Thanks to its more than seventy springs, Jinan is called the “City of Springs“. The countless springs emerge in the middle of the city. Surrounded by parks, they form calm safe havens in the heart of the busy city center.
The most prominent springs are the so called Bàotū Spring, the Pearl Spring and the Five Dragon Pool. Furthermore, the Black Tiger Spring is worth mentioning because the water emerges from a underground cave through a statue of a tiger’s head.
Jinan, as capital of the Shandong province, is also a historically important place for the traditional “three teachings of China“ (meaning Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism). The birthplace of Cunfucius (Qūfù) is located about 120 km south of Jinan and is a well known pilgrimage site.
Furthermore, the mountain “Tài Shān“, one of the five sacred mountains of taoism, is situated 50 km south of Jinan. According to a traditional custom, it is advised for every person following taoisms beliefs to summit the Tài Shān mountain using the 6293 step long stair and ascending 1350 meters in altitude.
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