we arrived in Jinan around 12:45 on Sunday. Our guide, Rita met us at the airport - we were a bit surprised as we thought we had a man named John. Our hotel - Crowne Plaza - was less than an hour from the airport. We got stuck in a toll booth lane when the man in front of us had a problem with his card. No problems -- our driver just backed out & swerved into a different lane (wouldn't see that in Chicago!). We love our hotel - it's in a great area. Very close to a Starbucks & Pizza Hut. There is also some type of Square that a lot of people hang out at - we saw several young guys riding skateboards. Under the square is a market - it's nutso!! Tons of people - some with shopping carts. It looks like a huge Macy's, only on one level -- they also have a supermarket inside where we were able to stock up on drinks & snacks. Our Gotcha Day is at 10am on Monday!
one of our rooms