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China is a cultural region and ancient civilization in East Asia. China refers to one of the world's oldest civilizations, comprised of states and cultures dating back more than six millennia. The stalemate of the last Chinese Civil War following World War II has resulted in two separate states using the name China, the People's Republic of China PRC, administering mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau and the Republic of China ROC, administering Taiwan and its surrounding islands.
Jinan is a sub-provincial city and the capital of Shandong province, people's republic of China. It is located in western Shandong, it borders Liaocheng to the southwest, Dezhou to the northwest, Binzhou to the northeast, Zibo to the east, Laiwu to the southeast and Tai'an to the south. The sub-provincial city of Jinan administers 10 county-level divisions, including 6 districts, 1 county-level city and 3 counties. Jinan is located in the north-western part of Shandong province northern latitude and east of Greenwich. Because its location falls within the warm temperate continental monsoon climate zone, Jinan has four distinct seasons. The city is dry and rainless in spring, hot and rainy in summer, crisp in autumn and dry and cold in winter.
The economic development of Jinan only came to speed since Deng Xiaoping's 1978 reforms, opening up to the outside world. Technological developments were improved greatly. The forest and fishing industries also thrive in the region. It is one of the top producers in China of cotton, peanuts, and fruit. The GDP per capita was US dollars 3042 in 2003. Jinan's 2005 estimated population is 5.69 million in the whole city-jurisdiction area, with a total of 2.54 million living in urban areas. Jinan is known for its Lu Cai one stream out of the eight in China.
Jinan is known for its beautiful natural sites, and is one of the greatest tourist destinations in Shandong. There are more than a few natural scenery sites in Jinan. Just over an hour to the south, closer to Tai'an, is the famous Tai Shan, one of the five great Chinese mountains. To the north are scenic blue-colored mountains, beside the Yellow River. Jinan is also known for its natural springs, which have only recently become functional.

Jinan is the kind of town you daydream about. It is a city with endless recreational opportunities, rich history, and modern day luxuries.

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