Visiting a popular streetfood location and Jinan's 2nd most important spring
06.08.2015 - 06.08.2015 37 °C
Our next adventure took us into downtown Jinan. Gavin had been saying since we arrived that he wanted to eat and try some of the local street food, so we headed into the city in search of Furong Jie (street), a road which is well known for its variety of food and other goods.
Located off of Quancheng Rd, the main shopping street, Furong Jie is recognisable by the large wooden arch marking its entrance. The main part of the street itself is not long, maybe 1/4 of a mile in total, but there are also side streets selling various treats. It is also off of here that there is a rabbit warren of alleys known as the 'old town' which are home to many small restaurants and bars (and from a recent experience of ours, only navigable with a local Chinese friend!)
We perused the many offerings the street had, from fried squid and other creatures to buns and (possibly) vegetables cakes of all kinds. Gavin had a particularly proud moment when he asked an old lady for the price of her steamed buns and she understood him completely!
Feeling successful, we carried on our journey in search of the nearby spring, Gavin munching on his entire fried squid as we went. We will definitely be heading back to Furong Jie again soon to try some of their other delights!
Along the way we took a diversion into nearby Parc 66, a fashionable and expensive shopping centre which is home to many high-end western brands. It was quite strange as most of the centre was completely devoid of shoppers, though it was mid-week. We have since been back at the weekend and ,thankfully, it felt a bit more soulful. While we we there we also met a few new friends...
From there we headed out across to Quancheng Square in search of Black Tiger Spring. Walking along the old moat is the eaiest, and most scenic, way to get to the spring and makes for a very pleasant walk with much to see along the way.
It is said to be called 'Black Tiger Spring' because the shape and colour of the rock supposedly resembled a black tiger, and the sound of the water is said to have sounded like the roar of a tiger. The only tigers we saw though we these!
The spring is famous for being a spot where many local Chinese go to gather the natural spring water. We weren't disappointed when we reached the spring itself, as there were many people filling various containers from kettles to buckets.
Unfortunately we had to cut our trip short as the weather was growing increasing stormy and it began to rain rather heavily as we left. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, and will be heading back again soon.
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