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2 Days Classic Jinan Tour - Watery Charms and Romance

Watery Charms and Romance

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Surrounded by beautiful hills and fostered by the mighty Yellow River, Jinan, the low-key capital city of Shandong Province amazes you with watery charms and romance. It is the “city of springs”. There are up to 72 springs in and around Jinan city, which is a pleasant natural wonder. To encounter with the active spring and tranquil lakes, observe how the locals enjoy their leisure lives, step into an unexpected old street… you will definitely get inspired by this charming and warm city.

Highlights of this tour

  • Visit the No. 1 Spring under Heaven – Baotu Spring and enjoy a leisure stroll in the local park;
  • Enjoy an interesting boat cruise along the city moat of Jinan City;
  • Relax yourself in the charming Daming Lake which has picturesque scenery and many beautiful traditional Chinese architecture;
  • Walk up to Qianfong Mountain (Thousand Buddha Mountain) explore Buddhist culture and enjoy an awesome panoramic view of Jinan city.

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Jinan
Travel Length:
Tour Code:
CD-JNT-02
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulture
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Jinan Arrival

Welcome to Jinan, the City of Springs. Your private guide and driver will meet you at your hotel, airport or train station in Jinan, then bring you to explore watery charms and romance of Jinan.

You will visit Black Tiger Spring first which ranks No. 2 among all 72 springs in Jinan. The spring water emerges from a natural limestone cave in a cliff and cascades from three giant stone tiger heads into a wide and open pool. The sound of spring water is similar to the roar of a tiger, so it is called Black Tiger Spring. The spring water is drinkable and rich in medicinal properties. You can also see locals collecting water with jars and jugs. There is also many chances to enjoy some relaxing stroll and find some peace and calm.

Next, you will take an interesting boat cruise along the city moat to Baotu Spring Park. Enjoy beautiful views of architecture, river and living scenes along the moat sides. The Baotu Spring is probably the most famous spring in China that every Chinese student should learn in textbook of primary school. It has been a well-known attraction since Shang Dynasty (1600 BC ~ 1046 BC), and visited by many celebrities and emperors including Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty (1644~1911) who claimed Baotu Spring as “the No. 1 spring under heaven” after his pleasant visit. Today it is the icon of Jinan where you can marvel at beautiful springs as well as a number of ancient shrines, pavilions, memorial halls, bridges and steles full of cultural and historical value.

Lastly, you will be taken to visit Daming Lake which is dotted with small islands and framed with thick willows. Relaxing yourself with the picturesque scenery, enjoying walking crossing stone-carved bridges, stopping by peaceful pavilions, watch fish swimming among lotus flowers… there are many ways to seek fun time.

After the city highlights exploration, you will be transferred to your hotel in Jinan downtown.

Jinan Baotu Spring Daming Lake Park Black Tiger Spring
Day 2 City Tour & Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, you will go to visit Shandong Museum which has many historical artifacts that present views of the heritage of Shandong Province and many parts of China. The architecture style of the museum is also very impressive with a modern exterior and a giant hall with a transparent jade roof. You can see a large number of ancient ceramics, bronzes, calligraphy and painting ancient books, oracle bones, Han Dynasty stone reliefs and other cultural relics. Among them, the ed pottery animal shaped pot unearthed from Dawenkou site, oracle bone inscriptions of Shang Dynasty, bamboo slips of Sun Tzu's Art of War, and murals of Han Tombs in Dongping are all treasures of the Museum, which are very rare and only occasionally displayed.

After the museum visit, drive about 30mins to Qianfo Mountain (Thousand Buddha Mountain) where you can enjoy stunning scenery, fresh air, also soak in authentic Buddhist culture. It is a site full of charm with real antiquity, known as the "urban balcony", "natural oxygen bar" and "ecological paradise" of Jinan City. Legend says Chinese ancestral emperor Shun once opened up land and cultivate under the mountain. Currently, Qianfo Mountain is one of the 3 must-see sights in Jinan which is adorned with temples, caves, pavilions, terraces, towers, and Buddha statues. Highlights are numerous fine Buddha sculptures built since the Sui Dynasty, gigantic 20 m tall Maitreya Buddha, Thousand-Buddha Cliff, Xingguochan Buddhist Temple, Ten Thousand Buddha Cave, etc. The mountain is an awesome place to take panoramic views of Jinan.

After lunch, you will be transferred to catch your flight or train to next destination.

Thousand Buddha Mountain Shandong Provincial Museum

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