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capital of Shandong Province,
has long served as political, economic, scientific and technological,
cultural, and educational centre for the province. It is because
of the numerous springs that Jinan is known as the "city of
springs *JA. " With the reform and opening-up policy in China,
the city has made great changes in recent years. Jinan is one of
"China's 40 excellent cities in terms of investment environment"
and one of "China's top
Jinan is known as the Spring City in China and the numerous springs make Jinan a famous tourist destination, attracting many tourists from home and abroad.
The city is extending its connections with foreign
countries rapidly. It has forged sister-city relationships with
10 cities in nine countries and has established friendly relationships
with more than 140 countries and regions. Construction of such infrastructure
facilities as Jinan International Airport, the new Jinan Railway
Station, Jinan International Container Distribution Centre have
provided various convenience for the city's import and export
More than 10 multi-national corporations, including Panasonic, Matsushita, Siemens, Pepsi-Cola and Volvo, have set up successful joint ventures in Jinan. At present, the city has more than 2,500 foreign enterprises in forms of joint ventures, co-operative businesses or foreign-funded enterprises, utilizing about US$ 3 billion in foreign funds.
Jinan boosts many historical sites and cultural relics. Of these points of interest, Darning ( Great Light ) Lake, Baotu Quan ( Jet Spring) and Thousand Buddha Hill are the most famous.
Shandong is well-known for its road construction.
It opened its first expressway in December 1993, a 318-kilometre
Jinan-Qingdao Expressway linking its political centre of Jinan and
its economic centre of Qingdao. Since 1998, the province has made
rapid progress in road construction. In the last few years, it has
poured more than 60 billion yuan (US$ 7.3 billion) into expressway
construction. All the expressways in Shandong are in excellent condition
and meet the country's standards. Shandong Province is one of the
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