Jinan in Shandong is inhabited by roughly 2,100,000 people.
From here it's roughly 170 miles (274 kilometers) to the north to Tianjin and 220 miles (354 kilometers) to the east to Qingdao.
If you want to surround yourself with nature, plan a trip to Thousand Buddha Mountain and Daming Hu, two nature preserves where outdoor types like to come to get active. Go for a hike through the park and go birdwatching, before enjoying a picnic in the parks’ beautiful environs.
Set aside some time for the Shandong Provincial Museum, one of the most popular cultural destinations in Jinan. Take a self-guided tour, view the exhibits, and then ask around to discover some of the more niche museums in town.
An old religious gathering place, one of the most popular of the many historic attractions here, is the Lingyan Temple. Visit the site to discover its past and also to admire the architecture.
Quancheng Square is one of the most relaxing civic spaces in in the Jinan area. Bring that someone special and turn off your phone, this little patch of Jinan is the place to step off life’s merry go round for a sweet hour or two.
Whether you are looking to recharge your batteries, sit in the shade or enjoy sunlight on the rippling water, the local lake called Daming Lake is a great place to visit. Walk around the lake and discover the local birdlife or merely embrace the unique beauty.