Baotu Spring (Spurting Spring or Jet Spring), is known not only as the first of the 72 springs in Jinan but as the "First Spring Under Heaven". Together with its environs, it has been turned into a park of the same name that is now one of the three major places of interest in Jinan.
Baotu Spring is in the southwestern corner of the Old City district. It used to occupy only 4 mu of land (two thirds of an acre), but since liberation the People’s Government has expanded the grounds to over 50 mu, or about 9 acres. All the old buildings and relics here have been restored, the springs and ponds have been thoroughly dredged, and the banks lined with stone. Lawns and rockeries have been built and numerous trees and flower planted.
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