Jinan has its roots as an ancient city with a long history. Because of its many springs, it is called Quancheng, or ‘Spring City.’ Throughout the area of the old city, there are the four spring systems of Baotu, Heihu, Zhenzhu and Wulongtan, which are not to be missed. Not only does Jinan have the warmth of Daming Lake, it also has the mysterious religious location of the Thousand Buddha Mountain. Qilu-style snack shops can also be found along Furong Street.
Baotu Spring Park is located in the bustling central district of Ji'nan city. It is a garden with Baotu spring as the main attraction. Having a history of more than 2000 years, The Baotu Spring is well renowned around the world, ranking number one of Ji'nan's 72 Famous Springs. It has been featured in multiple literary works, such as "Baotu Spring" by famous chinese author Lao She. The spectacular scene of spring water errupting out from its three outlets is also a popular attraction among visitors.
Daming Lake Scenic Area is located in the northeast of downtown Jinan, the northern part of the Old Town. It is a park that integrates bodies of water, garden landscape, and ancient architecture. Daming Lake is in the center of the park. Or one could say that the park is built along the lake. Daming Lake is a natural lake. The water source comes from many springs in the city. It has a long history, dating back to the Northern Wei Dynasty. In the park, you can visit the Lao She Memorial. In summer, you can enjoy the lotus blossoms in the garden.
Thousand Buddhas Mountain lies to the south of downtown Jinan. The mountain, Baotu Spring, and Daming Lake are collectively known as "Jinan's Three Great Scenic Spots." Thousand Buddhas Mountain lies on a branch of Taishan. Despite not being a very high mountain, it has undulating ridges and peaks and luxuriant forests. It derives its name from its many stone-carved Buddhas. You can enter the Wanfo(10,000 Buddhas) Cave to investigate this secret realm of nearly 30,000 carved Buddhas; alternatively, you can go to pray at Xingguo Temple. From the peak you can enjoy picturesque views of the whole of Jinan city.
Located in the northern part of the city, Jinan Zoo is one of the largest urban zoos in China. You can see giraffes, hippos, chimpanzees, and birds, as well as giant pandas, golden monkeys, Asian elephants, kiangs and other rare animals. Other than enjoying the animal exhibits, you can also take a walk in the zoo, ride the Ferris wheel, and have a go at white water canoeing.
Here are the absolute best restaurants in Jinan: Duo Duo Kai Vegetarian Food Restaurant( Hou Zai Men Street ), Huo Ke Hot Pot, Fang Yi Guang Dong Sha Guo Zhou, Shi Tou Xian Sheng De Kao Lu ( Kuan Hou Li ), Fu Rong Yi Hao Restaurant.