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We went to Thousand-Buddha Hill (Qianfoshan) today. Many steps to climb to see several temples, including the huge Xingguochan Temple, the beautiful Maitreya Buddha and the lying Buddha with a Swastika on his chest, and a cave of 130 buddha statues.
We later found out that there is also Thousand Buddha Cliff which is a different place, 35 km away from Jinan with more Buddhas carved along a 35m wall.
We then went to Yinhuchi Jie (Muslim Food Street).
... but cleared a little bit while we were there.
We came down and visited the Dai Temple, which was built in the design of the Forbidden City.
We then went to the Muslim area of Jinan about 6pm and had a lovely meal in a Muslim restaurant, followed by a wander down a Muslim Food Street with open air cafes and a lively atmosphere. I bought a red Chinese jacket for 220yuan from some lovely ladies in a little shop.
Will and I arrived in Jinan for Qing Ming (Tomb Sweeping) weekend break. We went to the Park which is where the Baotu Spring originates and had a wander around. It was quite cold and polluted, unlike Ningbo yesterday when it had been very warm and sunny.
Had a pizza in a lovely German restaurant by the river.
Dear family and friends,
I may have a window to write in this blog. I am in the hallway at Beijing Royal High School in Beijing. This is the best place for WIFI access and there are kids lining the wall trying to chat with friends and family. I may get kicked off but I will try to at least write.
We spent our last night in Shandong and got up early, at 5:45 am to catch a bullet ...
... serve you or any guest.
All of the kids had a great experience and many kids came back with food and gifts. We met back at the hotel and waited an hour and a half for our bus to return to the hotel. Our luggage was below the bus so we had to wait in the lobby. However, this gave our kids more time to visit with their Chinese partners and I would say that these exchanges are the true meaning of why we come on this ...