Blogtober Challenge – Day 9 – Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions

I still can’t believe we did so much on that weekend! A couple of us Foreign teachers decided to accompany our Chinese coworkers to Jiu Ru Mountain(九如山 in 2016 summer。

Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions

Ticket prices were 120 kuai, which is quite expensive.

However, I got a student discount because I conveniently still had my university student card! Half off!

The place was pretty! Unfortunately, most things like the stairs and the closures to the waterfalls were man-made.

Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions - River and Gazebo

Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions - Pretty Pink Flowers

They did  a great job maintaining the cleanliness of the environment.

You know you have been in Jinan long if you think a bathroom is fancy because it at least has soap and/or toilet paper 😛 But really, their restrooms were extremely nice! I say it rivals Bucee’s in Texas!

Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions - Group photo on a rock in a lake

You know I love Waterfalls. Don’t matter the size.

Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions - Waterfall

What I liked about this mountain is that it’s peaceful and I didn’t feel tired or like I was dying after hiking. There were plenty of shaded resting stops, picnic tables, swings, and free tea.

Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions - Swing
Sasha and I resting on the swing. Disclaimer: We may have had a few beers, but we were NOT tired, although our faces may show it. Super relaxed!
Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions - Swinging Feet
Sarah and I just swinging!

Perfect for a casual walk & light hike. You can have a picnic there and I think it’s a great date spot too.

Rian and I are hoping to go here, again soon. He has never been.

Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions - Summit Gazebo
We reached the top! Great and Refreshing View!

Jiu Ru Shan First Impressions - Mountain View2016-05-30 17.18.41

It was super easy to get to from Jinan.

We just had to get on bus 312 ( and pray that there were seats because there were 40 stops until we got to the mountain. Standing up for that long would not have been good). Thankfully there were seats!

Oh! One cool thing happened on the bus. I got to improve on my Chinese speaking skills as this 爷爷(grandpa) started speaking to me in Chinese.

In about 45 minutes we covered politics(US 2016elections and  US-Sino Relations), the standard “foreigner questions” that must be printed in a handbook somewhere because EVERYONE asks them, where I have been in China, and places to visit  in Jinan.

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That was the hardest conversation I have ever had! I could only fully understand him 65% of the time, and sadly had to guess what he meant. I didn’t realize he was asking me about the US election until he said something that sound like Hilary’s name. haha!

Well, after the mountain a few of us went home to shower to get ready and go to Papa John’s. Papa John’s was a wonderful treat after a long day of hiking!

I know Jinan is like unheard of by tourists, but I hope you guys will one day visit “my city” and the surrounding areas!