Jining City is located at South-West of Shandong Province. The city is an excellent tourist city, and an important international tourism destination. The city’s geographical area is 11000 square kilometers, and is comprised of 11 cities and counties, and 4 industry functional districts. Total population reaches 8.5 million people.
Jining City has advanced traffic facilities where railways, highways and airways crisscross and are accessible in all directions.
Jining has a long-inherited history with a wealth of humanities and natural resources, and is renowned as “Oriental Sacred Place”. Five wise men in Chinese history, including Confucius, Mencius, Yan, Zeng, Zisi, were all born in the place. It is the cradle of Chinese civilization and Confucius culture, the venue of Chinese classic works “Shuihu”, the unearth place of Buddhist relics of Sakyamuni, and the place where ancient canal supervising feudal government office was located. It owns Weishan Lake, the largest fresh water lake in North of Changjiang River. Thereby, they constitute the tourism layout of “East civil West martial arts, South water North Buddha, and central ancient canal”. “Sacred place, culture, and water town” are three glimmering tourist name cards.
Ⅱ. Tour Cultural Jining, Taste Sacred Place’s Life – Content Display of Jining Study Tour
1 “Meet the Wise Men, Learn Confucius”: Jining is the cradle of Confucius culture in China where Confucius was born. “Thee Confucius Four Mencius” is the historical evidence of Chinese cultural development. It is the chosen destination for meeting Chinese wise men, learning Confucius, and tracing the roots of Chinese culture.
2 “Walk into Shuihu”: “Shuihu” is one of the four classic literature works in China, and represents the style of Chinese masculine men. At this place, to learn a few martial styles with “108 Generals” brings forward the sense of feelings of legendary martial arts of masculine men in Mount Liang.
3 “Pilgrimage Buddha, Meditation”: as a sacred place of Buddhism, 104 Buddhist sacred collectable such as Buddhist teeth, Buddhist relics of Sakyamuni are respectfully reserved. They play an important role throughout Buddhist cultural development history.
4 “Tracing the Ancient at the Canal”: Jinghang Canal extends in Jining for 230 kilometers. There are beautiful landscape and multiple places of interests at both banks. Chairman Mao, Li Bai and others composed poems to praise the elegant beauty of the scenery.
5 “Rowing Boat on the Lake”: Weishan Lake within Jining is the largest fresh water lake in North of Changjiang River. The lake occupies 1266 square kilometers. Surface of the lake emerges green waves for a thousand hectare and wave lights shimmer, bringing tourists rare leisure experience.
Ⅲ. An Introduction to Study Tour Route of Jining U3A
One: Cultural Sacred Place Experiential Tour
1 Experiential tour of oriental sacred place: tour “Three Confucius”, learn the classical six arts, feel Mencius’ mother’s education on son, and enter the spiritual realm of Chinese ethnic people.
2 Experiential tour of Confucius perspective of Shuihu: pilgrimage Confucius and Mencius, meditate Buddha, play the role of masculine men, and fully experience different cultural styles.
3 Experiential tour of Confucius footprints: track the footprints of the wise man, wander between natural mountains and rivers, and humanistic history, to experience a tour nourishing heart and soul.
4 Experiential tour of red culture: sense the passion of revolution, learn military science, and gain life motivators.
Two: Study Tour of Classics of China Studies
1 Tour of learning Confucius and pilgrim aging wise men: pilgrimage the wise man, recall the ancient times, gain an in-depth insight of the cream of Confucius and improve mastery of China studies.
2 Tour of tracing the roots of Chinese culture: visit the cradle of Chinese culture, discover the origin of Chinese civilisation, and trace the roots of ancestors.
3 Tour of studying coalition of civil and martial virtues: learn Confucius culture, experience Shuihui culture, be endowed with both civil and martial virtues, and integrated development.
4 Tour of Chinese adult rituals: experience the ritual of being an adult, understand the ethics of filial piety and wisdom, foster the sense of being thankful, confident and responsible.
Three: Leisure Tour of Weishan Lake and the Canal
1 Leisure tour of the Confucius style canal: waves of Confucius style, continuous emotions of the canal; Confucius culture and canal culture assemble and merge in the place.
2 Leisure tour of Shuihui canal: the canal is extensively long, Shuihu’s impact is vast; appreciate Shuihu stories, and taste the feelings of the canal.
3 Leisure tour of Weisha Lake fishing town: lake water, lotus, lake birds, fishermen; be a Weishan Laker for one day, and reserve an unforgettable moment.
Four: Ecological Tour of the Villages at the Sacred Place
1 Tour of walking in green grass and viewing flowers: flourishing spring water, twittering birds and fragrant flowers; come to the villages of the sacred place to find the rural fields belonging to yourself.
2 Tour of picking at farmland: a private small land, crop in the fine field; experience farming, lead a healthy lifestyle, and return to nature.
3 Memorizing tour of conventional village: small bridge, streams, and families; feel the living atmosphere of thousand-year ancient village, recall the past times of ancestors.
4 Leisure tour of the green: be away from normal life, seek peace; tour the green, enjoy life.