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Daming Lake

 Jinan Attractions

It is surrounded by a park which houses a few historical buildings. One of them is Lixia Pavilion which is said to mark the spot of the meeting between the Tang Dynasty poet Du Fu and the calligrapher Li Yong. Ancestral Hall of Lord Tie is located on the northwest shore of Daming Lake. It is built in Qing Dynasty to memorize Tie Xuan, a Ming Dynasty official who is known for heroism and loyalty in the defense of the city against the rebelling prince Zhu Di. Besides, there are six traditional Chinese gardens in the park.

Located in the center of Jinan, Daming Lake Park is regarded as one of the three most beautiful tourist spots. Daming Lake, also known as the Lake of Great Light, which is a natural lake formed from many springs. Characteristically unique is its constant water level, unaffected by heavy rains or drought.

The six islands in Daming Lake contain flowers, trees and other plants flourishing amongst the various pavilions. The lake is a center of activity and one can find fish leaping near yachts and boats. In summer, lotuses bloom uninhibitedly filling half of the park with its fragrant scent. At the same time, willows circle the lake on three sides and swing with the breeze, a scene for which Daming Lake is famous.

At the northwest bank of the lake stands Tie Xuan Temple. It is a memorial to an official of the Ming Dynasty, Tie Xuan. He was a loyal military officer leading the army fighting for his emperor and local people, finally was killed cruelly after the failure. Admiring his heroic spirit and loyalty, the later generations built the temple. Tie Xuan Temple is a traditional courtyard in square shape. In the courtyard are Tie Xuan Temple, Small Canglang Pavilions. 

The largest Taoist Temple in Jinan City, Beiji Temple, also called North Temple is located at the northeast bank of Daming Lake. First built in the Yuan Dynasty, it has been restored many times. This group of constructions consists of the Bell and Drum Tower, the Front and Back Halls, and two other rooms. 

Address: No.271 Daminghu Road, Jinan
Opening hours: 06:30 to 17:30
Admission: 30RMB Entrance Fee

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