Aside from being the first time in China that I came across the cherry blossoms, this was also the first time I traveled across a few provinces in China all by myself on the trains. It was an unforgettable experience!
My trip started from Shanghai after meeting up with VTer Jenny (Jiang_Cucha) who had been a gracious host introducing me to the Shanghainese cuisine & special dishes. It was certainly one of the best dinners I've had in Shanghai. Taking the train from Shanghai to Nanjing was the first part of my journey. I was a little apprehensive about Nanjing & the train since it's my 1st time. Not knowing what to expect but having bought the ticket a day ahead it certainly helped in making the journey a much pleasant experience. The train station was very crowded with all kinds of people from all over China; not just city dwellers but also peasants. If anyone should consider taking trains in either China or Japan, do try to lighten up your load as you've to climb lots of staircase to get to the platforms! Anyhow, the ride was smooth for me & the train was much better than I had anticipated. Also, don't bother trying to save on the 'hard seat' as the difference in prices is meagre but huge when it comes to comfort!
Visit the Sacred Way
Visit the Sacred Way at the Nanjing Ming Tombs.
The tombs, Ming Xiaoling, located on the southern slope of Purple Mountain, are the only Ming tombs located outside of Beijing.
How to get there: Take bus No.9 to Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum and walk back down the hill from here.
Opening hours: 7am-6pm.
Ming Tomb Scenic Area
This tomb is that of the Hongwu Emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming dynasty, and his wife Ma Liangliang. Legend says that in order to prevent robbery of the tomb, 13 identical processions of funeral troops started from 13 city gates to obscure the real burying site. The construction of the mausoleum began during the Ming Dynasty in 1381 and ended in 1405, with a huge expenditure of resources involving 100,000 labourers. The original wall of the mausoleum was more than 22.5 kilometres long. The mausoleum was built under heavy guard of 5,000 military troops.
The tomb site today consists of the Civil and Military Gate, the Imperial Tablet Hall, the Sacrificial Hall and the Rectangular Citadel & Ming Tower. Behind the latter is a large mound where the emperor and his queen were buried in a clay vault, 400 meters in diameter. On a stone wall surrounding the vault, 7 Chinese characters were inscribed, identifying the mausoleum of Emperor Ming Taizu (respected title of Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang).
Admission: Y70 for Ming Tomb, Y140 for combo ticket.
Scenic Area of Zhong Shan
You can go to this Zijinsan by local buses. Y3, and Y2 are the buses that get you to those attractions. Refer the map for the for major attractions. We visited the Lingu Pagoda, under construction. We paid RMB25 each to visit the Pagodo and other attractions in the park.
It was built in 1381. Beamless Hall is the only survival from the Ming Dynasty in Linggu Temple area. It was once called "Hall of Bounderless Life" because it was built to workship the Amitabha Buddha, whose name means boundless life. When the ROC government had a cemetery constructed here in 1933, it was changed to its sacrificial hall, in which there are 110 black stone tables inscrubed with names of 33224 dead officers and soldiers of NRA. The state Council declared it a key national historical relic on Jun 25,2001.
it is the entrance of Beamless Hall.
This is a historical building that we saw in the park. It was not indetified what buiding it is. It is very interesting.
This is another historical structure that are not indentified. It is very old and interesting.
This tomb is in east side of Zijinshan park . We could not find out that name of the tomb.