Top things to do

Shandong in Jǐ'nán

Lǔxī’nán Flavor Restaurant

Just inside Dàguān Gardens’ north gate, this is the place for a refined take on Lǔ (Shāndōng) cuisine. Order the down-home classics like sweet and spicy cabbage with glass noodles (¥22) and lamb (braised or sautéed,…
Cantonese in Jǐ'nán

Seasons Mínghú

It may be a chain, but this is an elegant choice on the top of the Parc66 Mall, where dandy waiters don gloves while serving southern Chinese classics, including dim sum, salt-baked chicken and durian cakes.
Mountain in Jǐ'nán

Thousand Buddha Mountain

Beginning in the Sui dynasty (581–618), pious folk carved Buddhas into this mountain southeast of the city centre. The oldest are at Xīnguóchán Temple, the golden-roofed complex near the cable car and luge drop-off …
Lake in Jǐ'nán

Dàmíng Lake

All the water from Jǐ’nán’s springs eventually flows into Dàmíng Lake, set within the largest park in the city, with boat rides, paddle boats, temples, bridges, and little islands to explore. In summer lotuses bloom…
Museum in Jǐ'nán

Shāndōng Museum

The enormous provincial museum – a 7km slog east of the city centre – surveys local culture from the mesolithic age to the present. Its collection began as one of the first organised museums in China in 1904. On dis…
Park in Jǐ'nán

Huánchéng Park

This park on the Húchéng River is built around Black Tiger Spring (黑虎泉, Hēihǔ Quán), which empties into the old city moat through three stone tiger heads. It gets its name from the sound of the roaring water as it r…
Street Food in Jǐ'nán

Yǐnhǔchí Jie

Evenings are smoky on Yǐnhǔchí Jie in the Hui district near the Great Southern Mosque. Hawkers fan the flames of charcoal grills lining the street, roasting up all manner of shāokǎo (barbecue on a stick). They make …
Spring in Jǐ'nán

Wángfǔ Pool

In a quiet alleyway off busy, walking street Furong Jie (turn right at the police stand), the neighbourhood comes to bathe and soak in this spring-fed pool. It's a brisk 18°C year-round, so indulge in frequent barbe…
Park in Jǐ'nán

Five Dragon Pool Park

These waters swirl up from the deepest depths of all the springs in the city to fill blue-green pools teeming with lucky carp. The park is a serene study of local life, where elders paint calligraphy on the steps an…
Museum in Jǐ'nán

Jǐ’nán Museum

North of Thousand Buddha Mountain’s main entrance, the Jǐ’nán Museum has a small, distinctive collection that includes paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, Buddhist figures from the Tang dynasty and a delightful boat c…