Jinan is the provincial capital of Shandong Province and home to more than six million people. This thriving metropolis boasts eighteen universities and colleges with approximately 200,000 students. It is the economic and cultural hub of the region and China’s fourth-largest producer of IT professionals. However, this booming city also has a long history dating back more than 4,000 years. The cultural heritage of the region is rooted in its folk art and culture, providing some of the most well-preserved and folk traditions still practiced in all of China. The city is known throughout China as the “Spring City,” since it is home to countless natural springs and lakes that are said to rejuvenate the body and soul.