Boasting a long history and profound culture, Jining, hometown of Confucius and Mencius — two well-known ancient Chinese philosophers, is one of the important cradles of oriental civilization as well as of Confucianism.
The prefecture-level city in southwestern Shandong province, located at the junction of four provinces, Jiangsu, Shandong, Henan and Anhui, covers an area of 11,000 square kilometers. It is today the northernmost city reachable by navigation on the Grand Canal of China, making it an important inland port.
The magnificent night landscape of Jining in Shandong province, known to the world as the birthplace of Confucius. [Photo/jnnews.tv]
The Sihe River and surrounding villages and mountains are shrouded in the morning mist, creating picturesque scenery in Jining, Shandong province. [Photo/jnnews.tv]
The vast fields of wheat look vibrant against the blue sky and white clouds in Jining, Shandong province. [Photo/jnnews.tv]
Baoxiang Temple in Wenshang county of Jining, East China’s Shandong province. The temple was built during the Northern and Southern Dynasties (AD 502-581). In 1994, 141 pieces of Buddhist artifacts, including one of the world’s only two teeth left by Sakyamuni Buddha, were unearthed. This is what catapulted the temple to well-known status. [Photo/jnnews.tv]
The Jining section of China’s Great Canal. It was the highest point of the Grand Canal that controlled the whole route. Jining has long been called the “Capital of the Grand Canal.” [Photo/jnnews.tv]
An aerial photo captures the beautiful canal scenery of Jining, Shandong province. [Photo/jnnews.tv]
The marvelous nighttime landscape of Jining, Shandong province. [Photo/jnnews.tv]
The Great Canal makes Jining an important inland port city in Shandong province. [Photo/jnnews.tv]
A national cycling race is held in Jining, Shandong province. [Photo/jnnews.tv]
Source: (chinadaily.com.cn)|Updated : 2018-06-01