Overcoming Power Shortage
Due to power shortage, the riverside lights of this popular Nanjing tourist spot is not fully lighted after certain hours. This is a famous river where on side, used to be examination halls for poor scholars hoping to become wealthy and powerful mandarins one day and on the other side the red light district of women, song and wine.
So you can take a digitized picture to ensure that you have the correct background where all the lights are lighted to show friends back home. At least it was taken at the actual site.
Confucius Temple Street
Plenty of interesting shops ranging to cheap and inferior tourist souvenir and some modern shops. As usual, you need to bargain in those shops that do not have a fix price . As a guide, if the shops have English signboard or have very modern sign board, these are fixed price shops. Other than that, do bargain as if you are on the amazing race and you need to save money.
Normal guideline is to go for 50% as a start and work to around 30% for the final price. Chinese shop owners expect you to bargain and will mark up price to a ridiculous level to hope for some unlucky tourist to fall for it.
Purple Mountain Observatory - Instruments
The Purple Mountain Astronomical Observatory exhibits many Chinese astronomical instruments outside. On show is an Abridged Armillary made in 1437 used to measure both the equatorial and horizontal co-ordinates of celestial objects; a Gnomon, also built in 1437, used to determine summer and winter solstices; a Celestial Globe and an Armillary Sphere.
Welcome to Nanjing!
Nanjing, the ancient capital of six dynasties, is called the "live fossil" of modern times. Being rich in natural and cultural landscape, it is one of the 24 historical and cultural cities first nominated by the state and it is also one of the 7 most favorable tourism cities. The tourism resources in Nanjing are particularly favored by nature, and it has become an important tertiary industry that enhances international communication, cultural exchange and economic development. There are more than 500 famous scenic spots in Nanjing,¡¡main historical sites like Dr. Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum, Ming tomb, the ruins of King of Heaven, ancient city walls, the stone carvings of Southern Dynasties, sheli pagoda, two tombs of Nan Tang Dynasty, Rain Flower Terrace, and the frescoes in Tang Zi street, famous landscape in east suburb, Qi Xia Hill, Xuan Wu lake, Mo Chou lake and Qin Huai scenery zone. Dr. Sun Yatsen's Mausoleum and Qin Huai Scenery zone are listed among "40 best".¡¡At present,¡¡20 out of 75 travel agencies are involved in international travel business. 24 out of 105 restaurants that are engaged in foreign tourism affairs are three star or above. Airline, railway, highway and water transportation can lead to all the main medium and large cities in China. There is a complete traffic system within the city; 8000-odd taxies provide 24-hour services. In 1997, about 10 million person-times visited Nanjing including 295,000 from outside China.