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Jinan even if▓ they have not been there.

his capital of East China's Shandong province is also known as the "city of springs", with 72 of them dotting the landscape. While t

  • inan, a▓n essay written by Lao She (1899-1966), is com?/li>
  • 坧ulsory reading for high school students acr▓oss the country. As Lao She describes it, Jinan's winter is▓ unlik
  • e those of other northern cities. It is "benevolent" - warm, sunny and "without the sound of wind". It is "a
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n old city, with many hi

ranks alongside Qianfo Hill and Daming Lake as Jinan's top sight. Water gushes from the three mouths of Baotu Spring all year roun

d, feeding its people, and telling its stori▓es. Speaking of Daming Lake, besides its wonderful lake scenery and Spring Festival ▓Te

in war▓mth and comfort, w

mple Fair, its frog population is an ▓odd lot - they never croak. The story goes that once Qing emperor Qianlong visited Daming Lake

a▓nd was impressed by its beauty, marred only by the noisy frogs who disturbed his sleep. The emperor ordered them to keep shut. They did - and have been doing so for▓ generations thereafter. No one as yet come▓ up wi

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spring's breeze". This "land of dreams" is

where I was born and grew up. Nurt

th a scientific explanation for▓ this unique phenomenon, and so the legend endures. Jinan is also a good place for foreigners to practice their Chinese.▓ The local dialect shares the same pronunciation as Putong▓hua for almost every Chinese character, but uses di▓fferent tones. Hence, those still struggling with the f▓our tones of Putonghua can easily commun▓icate with the locals, as their less-than-perfect tones are very likely to match the corr