Jinan Introduction

Jinan (济南) is a long story, so give it some time. It’s best to do your research and decide beforehand where you want to stay and how you want to get around. Otherwise you’ll end up in sea of congestion, traffic, and confusion.

There are simply countless great places to eat, play, and explore in Jinan.  Once you’ve found a few reliable watering holes, you won’t feel too alienated by China’s odd growing pains.  You can then spread your wings and do some shopping in some of Jinan’s bustling shopping centres throughout the city. After exploring super-modern highrise department stores and underground malls you can stumble through old alleys and get to know how the Chinese fill their shelves.

Fast Facts about Jinan


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Claim to Fame:
Eastern China, Shandong Province.
6 to 7 Million.
Predominantly Han Chinese.
Mandarin (普通话) and Jinan-talk (济南话).
Shandong Style - Lots of garlic and onion.
"+86 531" from abroad. "0531" from within China.
Air, train, bus.
Extensive bus system, taxis, bicycles popular.
Dips below freezing in winter. Average temperature of 27°C in July.
City of Springs (Baotu Spring, Wulong Spring), Capital of Shandong Province, Home of Shandong Cuisine, Thousand Buddha Mountain


Jinan Restaurants

Lamb, duck, pork, bullfrog, donkey, deer, homestyle steak, pizza, and even vegetarian Buddhist cuisine are all available in Jinan.  The world’s  very first restaurants supposedly sprung up in China, and the industry has been booming ever since.  There’s a restaurant on every corner.  In Jinan visitors will be able to sample local Jinan cuisine, a range of domestic Chinese styles, or even international flavors.