Baotu Spring is known not only as the first of the 72 springs in Jinan
Baotu Spring, or Jet Spring, is known not only as the first of the 72 springs in Jinan but as the “First Spring Under Heaven”. Together with its environs, it has been turned into a park of the same name that is now one of the three major places of interest in Jinan. Baotu Spring is in the southwestern corner of the Old City district. It used to occupy only 4 mu of land (two thirds of an acre), but since liberation the People’s Government has expanded the grounds to over 50 mu, or about 9 acres. All the old buildings and relics here have been restored, the springs and ponds have been thoroughly dredged, and the banks lined with stone. Lawns and rockeries have been built and numerous trees and flower planted.More information about China Tour in chinatourguide.com.
According to experts' research, Baotu Spring has a history of 3,543 years, dating back to the Shang Dynasty (16th -11th BC). The special geographical structure in Jinan creates the special Baotu Spring, which originates from an Ordovician karst aquifer under the city.
Now the area of the Baotu Spring and some neighboring springs in the same group are protected in a public park, i.e. Baotu Spring Park. The spring poll is surrounded by historical structures, like Luoyuan Hall and Guanlan Pavilion. The largest architectural ensemble here is Wanzhu Garden (10,000 Bamboo Garden).