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This sprawling city is known for its many natural springs, landscape islands and temples.

Jinan is home to Daming Lake which has landscaped islands and lush fields which hide the city’s most sacred temples and pavilions.

What makes Jinan so remarkable is its ability to blend its history with the ever evolving world of today.

This is a holiday destination that has plenty to offer, there will never be a dull moment when in Shandong Province’s most loved city.

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Why visit Jinan

  • Explore this city which boasts the most famed four springs which include: Baotu Spring, Pearl Spring, Black Tiger Spring, and Five Dragon Spring, which are extraordinary sights for any first time visitor!
  • Embark on a 4,000 year old history journey of this city, from the site of the Shun which was an ancient tribe leader to the Great Wall section of the State of Qi, this is a city that has many stories to tell!
  • For some of the best scenic views of Jinan you would be pleased to know that the Thousand-Buddha Mountain, Red Leaves Valley and Water Curtain Gorge offer the best adventures!
Chinese Yuan Renminbi,CNY.
Time Zone:
UTC+08:00 Jinan is 6 hours ahead of South Africa.
Dialing Code:
00 + 86 + Local Number
Drives on the right
Type A/C/I (Voltage:220V -Frequency: 50Hz)
Yaoqiang International Airport

The best time to visit Jinan would be during September and November

This autumn climate is perfect for sight-seeing.

After the rainfall in July and August the groundwater level of the city rises tremendously, boosting the spurting of numerous natural springs in the city.

The most spoken language in Jinan is Mandarin Chinese.

  • Jinan is the second biggest city in Shandong.
  • Jinan is home to the Stone Shrine, which is the oldest surviving surface edifice in China.
  • Jinan is known as ‘’The City of Springs”, due to its many naturally-occurring springs.

This majestic city is filled with many natural and exotic attractions, which makes it a holiday destination that many love.

These attractions include places like the Daming Lake which has been reputed as one of the city’s main natural and cultural landmarks and Baotu Spring: a culturally significant artesian kart spring that is located in the city of Jinan.

Surrounded by temples, lush green mountainous landscapes and a culture that brings the streets to life, Jinan is a truly remarkable place and if you have any time left to spare these are the sights you should be visiting:

  • Thousand-Buddha Mountain
  • Black Tiger Spring
  • The Lingyan Temple
  • The Shandog Provincial Museum
  • Five-Dragon Pool
  • Four Gates Pagoda

Jinan is famous for many things, but its cuisine is something that tops the list.

From scrumptious, aromatic, fresh and pure dishes, the traditional cuisine in this city is every foodies dream come true.

Nutritious soup is an important feature of Jinan cuisine while shallot and garlic are often combined to create delicious flavours that would have you wanting more each time.

The best traditional dishes that are loved by locals include: Tang Cu Li Yu (Sweet and Sour Carp), Jiu Zhuan Da Chang (Fried Pork Chitterlings), and Jinan Roast Duck.

When visiting Jinan be sure to head to these restaurants, and take your taste buds on an Asian food experience like no other:

  • Biscotti Italian Restaurant
  • Habibi Restaurant
  • ZiYan Bai Wei Ji (ShanDa South Road)
  • Lai Yi Fen (Carrefour)
  • Xi Jia DeShui Jiao (Di Kou Road)

The culture in Jinan is fascinating and captivating.

It tells us about the people of the place, their lifestyle and beliefs.

Religious spots remain the most popular places to visit in Jinan.

The religions that you would mostly find in Jinan include Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism and Islam.

Jinan is a safe city with low crime rates.

Locals are generally very friendly and down-to-earth.

Even though it is a fairly safe place to visit it is advised to remain vigilant at all times as a precaution especially if you have never visited this city before.

South Africans need a visa in order to visit Jinan, or any other city in China.

Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.

Contact the Embassy of China (Telephone:021 674 0579) for more information, in addition to visa applications.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Jinan
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 38.32
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 10.95
Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 60.22
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 3.72
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 32.85

About Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport

Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport (Code:TNA) is an airport serving Jinan, which is the capital of Shandong Province, China.

This airport is located an estimated 33 kilometres northeast of the city centre, and immediately to the north of the town Yaoqiang.

Food and beverages: The restaurants that are located with the airport include; Starbucks, Xianmulaike, Pucci coffee, SPR coffee, Dio coffee and many more.

Lost luggage:If you have lost any item of luggage please make your way to the information desk which is located at the airport for assistance. Another alternative would be to go to your handling airline information desk.

Car hire:The car hire dealerships that are located at the airport include; Avis and eHi Car Hire Services.

Airport hotels:The hotel that is located at the airport is Shandong Jinan International Airport Hotel.

Airport hub:Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport (Code: TNA) is a hub for Shandong Airlines.

The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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