Jinan has several pleasant parks that offer a pleasant refuge from the city. Some of these parks are pleasant in fact, that Jinan has started to go by the name of "the water spring city". Read on below to find out where in Jinan you can escape the concrete and enjoy some of the city's natural areas.

Finding Refuge from the City: Jinan’s Free Parks
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1) Huancheng Park View In Map

Huancheng Park is home to the Black Tiger Springs (黑虎泉), a popular summer getaway destination for Jinan locals. While swimming and enjoying the springs here, you'll notice that a lot of people (locals and tourists alike) fill water into containers. In fact, according to locals, a sip of spring water can be one of the most refreshing and healthy drinks. You can also take a stroll along the Hucheng River (护城河) or dip your feet into the cool waters of the river (season permitting).

Add: By Hucheng River, 2-1 Nanmen Dajie, Lixia District, Jinan
地址:济南市历下区南门大街2-1号(护城河周边),环城公园
Price: Free
Opening hours: 24 hours
Getting there: Take bus No. 5, 14, 36 or k91 to Heihuquan (黑虎泉)

2) Daming Lake Park View In Map
Daming Lake Park has been added to this list because in the southeastern newly built portion of the park, there is an area that has free entry. The scenery here is just as good as the ticketed portions of Daming Lake Park. The park area is lined with willow trees and the lake sparkles in the sunlight. The locals know this free area of Daming well, so get to the park early to enjoy a quieter walk.

Add: Daminghu Lu, Lixia District, Jinan
地址:济南市历下区大明湖路, 大明湖公园
Price: Free
Opening hours: 24 hours
Getting there: Take bus No. 11, 14, 30, 31, 36, 37, 46, 83, 106, k95, k98, or 游777 to Laodongmen

3) Spring City Park View In Map
Spring City Park was originally Jinan's botanical park, and you can still see traces of its botanical heritage in the grasses and flowers throughout the park. Spring City also has a huge water park complete with a slide, artificial waves, "magic" springs and more fun items for the family to enjoy during the summer months. There is even a Ferris wheel, providing the perfect opportunity to take in the whole cityscape of Jinan. If you're not in the mood to spend money on rides and attractions, just enjoy the park and the fresh air, which is always free, and take a few pictures while you're at it. 

Add: Near Ma'anshan Lu, 106 Jingshiyi Lu, Lixia District, Jinan
地址:济南市历下区经十一路106号(近马鞍山路), 泉城公园
Tel: 531 8175 0016
Price: Free
Opening hours: 24 hours
Website: http://qcgy.net/
Getting there: Take bus No. 39, 48, 66, 85, 110, 152 or k100 to Quancheng Gongyuan (泉城公园)

4) Jinan Forest Park View In Map
Jinan Forest Park was opened at the end of 2010 as one of Jinan's free parks. This park is also western Jinan's only multipurpose forest and wetland park. A quick stroll is certainly possible, but this large park will take a good amount of time to see in its entirety. The park's science museum is also free and worth a look while you're strolling through.

Add: Near Xingji River, 321 Zhangzhuang Lu, Huaiyin District, Jinan
地址:济南市槐荫区张庄路321号(近兴济河), 济南森林公园
Tel: 0531 8598 2459
Price: Free
Opening hours: November - February: 5:30-21:30, March-October: 5:00-22:00
Getting there: Take bus No. 7 to Senlin Gongyuan

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