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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.
4:00am starts make for tough days. We all eventually arrived in Dezhou after being split into two groups, taking 2 flights and 2 busses to our next hotel. The flight was only an hour and the coach just under 2 but by the time we had checked in to the hotel and headed down for lunch we had already been up for 10 hours. There isn't really anything (shopping wise) close to the hotel and the hotel restaurant is certainly the only eatery. ...
I slept in.
Before I go further, I should say that today was one of those travel days that the original itinerary just went straight out the window. What was originally planned was to get up early, jump on a tourist bus and go to one of the sections of the Great Wall of China. Then come back to Beijing and explore the city a little more, and perhaps end up at the ancient Mongolian-era Hutongs for dinner and a night out. Basically it was going to be a day off - and ...
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No.241 Yingbin Avenue, Decheng District, Dezhou | Motelfrom $21