Baotu Spring is a culturally significant artesian karst spring located in the city of Jinan, Shandong, China. Baotu Spring is the symbol of Jinan city and one of top scenic spots in the city together with Daming Lake and Daming Lake. It is widely known that Jinan is called “the hometown of springs”, with more than 100 springs. And among these springs, Baotu Spring is the most outstanding one and enjoys the reputation as “the No. 1 spring in the world”.
Baotu Spring has a history of thousands of years. According to recorded history, Baotu Spring can trace back to the Shang Dynasty in ancient China, as long as 3543 years so far. It is the source of the ancient Luo's water. In long historical years, it called Li, Li water, Eyin water, Kan spring, waterfall, flow spring, three-strand ink, etc. successively, it is called the Baotu spring since Northern Song Dynasty in the period of Xining.
Baotu Spring lies in the Baotu Spring Park which is a national AAAA scenic spot. Centering among springs, this park is a natural rock and spring garden with ethnic style. The water of Baotu Spring spurts out in three prongs, with water droplets falling around, just like three piles of snow, which is very spectacular. The spring water is very sweet, optimum for making tea, which is limpid in color, rich in aroma, good in taste. Sitting under the "Watching Crane Pavilion" in the east side of the spring with a cup of tea in hand, one's mind will fly faraway and hates to leave. Every severe winter, the steam boils, like the light silk mistily. Draw in the cloister around the spring, various flowers and different wood are thriving, forming the peculiar flower garden in the garden.
The park also holds performances of Peking Opera all year round. With ten cultural features, including the spring, opera performances, rocks, lanterns, calligraphy, paintings, chrysanthemum, and stone tablets, the Baotu Spring Park has become a world famous tour spot, which synthesizes characteristics of both the south and north parks in China and combines the spring, rocks and culture of landscape garden in one park.