Title: The hometown of Confucius and Mencius and a metropolis along the Grand Canal
Population: 8.36 million (permanent population); 8.94 million (registered population)
Area: 11,000 square kilometers
Situated in the south of Shandong province, Jining is in the fringe zone of four provinces: Jiangsu, Shandong, Henan and Anhui.
It has a special geographic situation – the eastern part is a mountainous area while the mid-west area combines plains, billabongs and a freshwater lake of 1,260 square kilometers, the largest in North China.