Jinan is the capital, as well as one of the largest cities in the Shandong Province of Eastern China. The area in which the present city is located has been inhabited for more than 4000 years and has played an important role in the history of the region,
The city of Jinan has a very rich historical and cultural background. Many of the greatest minds in China’s long history hailed from Jinan, including Zou Yan (who developed the concepts of Yin-Yang and the Five Elements) as well as Confucius (the great philosopher who established his influential teachings and values into Confucianism).
The present city of Jinan has evolved into a major modern national administrative, economic, and transportation hub. However, it is a city that maintains a strong connection to its long and significant past.. As such, Jinan combines the best aspects of traditionalism and innovation: on the one hand, it is increasingly modernizing, with many large skyscrapers dominating the cityscape and a subway system in development; on the other, it promotes its historical influence by encouraging people the world around the visit the famous cultural sites such as its many artesian springs and Buddhist shrines.
- Population: 6.8 million
- Public Transportation: Many bus routes and taxi cabs
- Language: Mandarin Chinese with a Jinan dialect
- Climate: Humid subtropical climate; dry and nearly rainless in spring, hot and rainy in summer, crisp in autumn and dry and cold (with little snow) in winter
- EF Jinan first opened in 2018
What Makes Jinan Unique?
- Jinan is often referred to as the “City of Springs” because of its large number of natural artesian springs (72 to be exact). The most popular of these springs is referred to as the Baotu Spring Park.
- The city of Jinan was also the historical center of Buddhist culture for the entire Shandong Province, with many such sites commonly located in the Licheng County to the south-east of the city center. Mount Tai (one of China’s five sacred mountains and an important site for religious ceremonies) is located south of Jinan.
- Jinan is known for its own cuisine, referred to as the Jinan style of the Shandong cuisine, one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China.
- For anyone (EF teachers in particular) looking to move to Jinan, the people are very friendly, the food is extremely delicious and the cost of living is quite inexpensive. A definite recommendation for an ideal place to work and reside.