Jinan is the capital city of Shandong province. I took an excursion there to check out the historical areas and improve my Mandarin skills. My goal was to visit a new area of China and find more opportunities to practice the language.
Jinan is called the Spring City because of the artesian springs which bubble up forming lakes, fountains and canals. I had the great fortune of renting a place that was in the middle of it all.
Da Ming Hu is the largest body of water (hú means lake) and forms the northern boundary of the ancient capital city. The rest of area, which has many older buildings and narrow lanes, is bounded by the ancient moat. Throughout this part of town are narrow walking streets, pools and canals, as well as small shops, ancient buildings, modern shopping malls, and great restaurants.
Here are some place names that will be handy when you visit Jinan
|山东济南||Shāndōng jǐnán||Shandong province Jinan city|
|趵突泉公园||Bào tū quán gōngyuán||Most famous of the springs|
|泉城广场||Quánchéng guǎngchǎng||Spring City Square|
|大明湖公园||Dàmíng hú gōngyuán||Daming Lake Park|
|千佛山公园||Qiān fúshān gōngyuán||Thousand Buddha Mountain|
|黑虎泉沿岸||Hēi hǔ quán yán’àn||Black Tiger Springs|
|曲水亭街||Qūshuǐtíng jiē||Charming historical street|
|芙蓉街||Fúróng jiē||Popular Street for food & drink|