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About Jinan

Jinan is the most popular city in the Shandong Province of China. With over 4 million residents, it is the second largest destination of this region. Jinan offers you the opportunity to discover its 4000-year history. Top tourist attractions of this city include the Thousand Buddha Mountain, Daming Lake, Baotu Spring, and Jinan Baihua Park.

To ensure you get to enjoy this exotic tourist destination, cheap flights to Jinan are now available! Jinan is home to the Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport (TNA), which is a 40-minute drive from the city centre. This airport serves a large number of airline companies, including Shandong Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, and Shenzhen Airlines. Popular flights to Jinan from Johannesburg are now available. The flight duration is 20 hours.

Why visit Jinan

Baotu Spring Jinan

City of Springs

Jinan boasts a stunning amount of natural springs, but its best known include Baotu Spring, Pearl Spring, Black Tiger Spring, and Five-Dragon Pool Spring.

Great Wall Near Jinan

4000-Year History

The wealth of history in this city ranges from temples and cathedrals to the site of an ancient tribal leader and a section of the Great Wall!

Red Leaves Valley Jinan

Stunning Views

There are plenty of wonderful vantage points in Jinan, including the Thousand Buddha Mountain, Red Leaves Valley and the Water Curtain Gorge.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country China
Currency Chinese Yuan
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 1.53 CNY
Language Mandarin Chinese
Hub Airport Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport
Airline Air China
Time Zone GMT + 8
Travel Adaptor Type A / C / I

Best time to visit Jinan

April, May, June, September and October are the best times to travel to Jinan. Avoid the period from October the 1st to the 7th, however, since this is the one-week national holiday which draws large volumes of tourists. April to June and September to October bring warm to hot temperatures and moderate volumes of rainfall. Make sure to bring light clothing for those hot days and an umbrella when the drops start to fall. Take note, however, that late September to October marks the peak tourist season in Jinan.

Weather & Climate in Jinan

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -5°C -1°C 4°C 9°C 14°C 19°C 22°C 21°C 16°C 10°C 2°C -4°C
High °C 5°C 9°C 15°C 22°C 26°C 32°C 32°C 29°C 24°C 19°C 12°C 6°C
Rainfall (mm) 6 8 12 25 35 73 188 159 54 28 17 8

Overview

Jinan, China’s “City of Springs” and the Shandong Province’s most popular destination, is an exotic holiday venue that boasts numerous natural springs, landscape islands and majestic temples.

One of the exceptional highlights of this city is its ability to combine its blend of history with a world that continues to move into the future. The four most famed springs that contribute towards Jinan’s nickname are Baotu Spring, Pearl Spring, Black Tiger Spring, and the Five Dragon Pool. Furthermore, the city boasts a 4000-year-old history, and visitors may explore a wealth of sites, from the Shun, an ancient tribal leader, to the Great Wall section of the State of Qi. Get the best views of Jinan with vantage points at the Thousand-Buddha Mountain, the Red Leaves Valley and Water Curtain Gorge.

Visa & Customs

South Africans need a Visa to enter China. Make sure you have enough time for Visa processing and check that your passport will be valid for at least six months after your return date. Additionally, check that you have two blank pages available for entry stamps.

South African Embassy in China

Address: 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing, 100600

Phone: +86 8532 000
Fax: + 86 10 6532 0180

Health & Safety

Check with your doctor four to six weeks before you depart for China regarding all the routine vaccinations you will need. Make sure to guard against diseases such as hepatitis A and B, typhoid, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and malaria.

Jinan enjoys a relatively low level of crime; however, you should still practice caution. Keep your valuables secure and out of sight and make sure not travel anywhere alone.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG JINAN
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 33.03
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 8.49
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 51.91
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 3.68
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 28.31

Where to stay?

A collection of hotels are scattered throughout Jinan, many with restaurants, pools, spas, and more. The cost of saying at these establishments ranges from around ¥500 to over ¥600. The most popular hotels include Hotel Grand Mercure Jinan Sunshine by ACCOR, Sofitel Silver Plaza Hotel Jinan, and Super 8 Hotel Jinan Shan Shi Wen Hua Dong Lu.

Get Around

You have two options to travelling around Jinan: the bus or the taxi. The buses are often overcrowded; however, that is mostly true for the buses costing around ¥1. The ones that cost ¥2 are air conditioned and are usually less populated.

For the taxis, make sure you have your destination written out in Chinese, as the drivers rarely speak English and will not be able to read your map or your destination if written out. The cost of a short trip is from ¥7 upwards.

Main attractions in Jinan

Thousand Buddha Mountain

Thousand Buddha Mountain

Daming Lake

Daming Lake

Shangdong Museum

Shangdong Museum

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