Good Shopping, Good Restaurants, Very Clean.
"Burning furnace in summer"
I wouldn't mind coming back here again, if just for the shopping
Stone Elephant Road is the first section of the sacred way, 615 meters long . This road comes along with six kinds of stone animals including horses, unicorns, elephants, camels, bear-eyed unicorns, and lions. They are carved out of whole pieces of stone in full relief with smooth lines, these animals are imposing in look and bold in style. They...more
I was lucky enough to visit this place in 2011, as they celebrated 100 years of Chinese Revolution. The admission to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum was free. You could see from my picture, they decorated flowers in front of the Sacrificial Hall in writing " ge ming bai nian 1911-2011" means Revolution For 100 years 1911-2011. It was such a inspiring and...more
The Presidential Palace is located in the center of downtown Nanjing, next to Nanjing 1912 commercial area, across the street from the Nanjing Library. You can easily reach here by the metro, Daxinggong Station. Presidential Palace has a serial of history who had lived and worked here before: - During Ming Dynasty, it was Prince Han's...more
I have stayed at this property twice in 2010, each time for business (2 nights each time). Overall,...more
I have stayed at this property about 5 times since 2007, for 2 - 3 days each stay (and one stay in...more
We loved this hotel.Firstly the location was fantastic literally across the road from the subway...more
A Newly opened Kohinoor BABA well decorated Indian & Pakistani food restaurant clearly the best and most comfy Indian restaurant in Nanjing, . I most enjoy the unique and tasteful atmosphere indian music and the lush drink list and excellent selection of beers Including indian beer KINGFISHER, . Waiters are plenty and attentive, I never had to...more
This fast food chain has a branch in the Subway station of Xinjukou at the main crossroads of downtown.We tried hard to find a restaurant above ground and having failed we descended into the Metro station where we were surprised to find a host of fast food and regular restaurants of call kinds and budgets,catering for every kind of diner. WE chose...more
Nanjing 1912 is the main nightlife area in the city with cafes, bars and restaurants plus music venues, nightclubs and adult spots. Nanjing 1912 is home to world-branded coffee shops such as Starbucks, the Coffee Beanery, and Costa Coffee, Japanese and Korean restaurants, Asian-famous spas and beauty salons as well as the ubiquitous KFC and Pizza...more
popped into Finnegans Wake this week and had a pleasant surprise. I’m a BlueSky stalwart and will remain ever-devoted to their friendly staff and cold beer, which is somehow supplied via internet. However, Finnegans has definitely earned a weekly visit. It is the first genuinely western-style bar in Nanjing. Here were the high points I noticed on...more
Wende Bridge and its surrounding markets etc is a bit like a fairyland with lots of dragons lit up, canals and a hive of activity particularly from the large crowds of people who seem to flock to this area for entertainment and eating. One particularly restaurant had queues of people and was absolutely packed was a restaurant that specialised in a...more
During my first visit to Nanjing 2004, there were no metro system in the city, but the metro lines were under construction. In 2011, the metro lines are still under construction, but there are two lines operating with great efficiency. Nanjing metro is similar to Shanghai or Xia'an metro, clean and comfortable. What I impress the most is the...more
Nanjing Railway Station is the main railway station in Nanjing, which is located north of Nanjing City. This Railway Station is served by the metro line 1. This station was founded in Sept 1968 and in 2002 the government spent more than 350 million yuan to do major renovation especially its appearances. Now, it has a modern architectural structure...more
Purple-Golden Mountain or Zijing Mountain consists of three main attractions, they are the following:1) Linggu Temple (East)2) Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum (Middle)3) Ming Xiaoling Tomb (West)Most visitors to Nanjing want to see all three attractions in one day. It is possible to do that if you have planned your time and transportation well. The most...more
Books on the culture and history of the Xiaoling Tomb and special tourist souvenirs such as postcards,commemorative stamps,firs-day envelope,commemorative medals and motion picture products are available at the Sacrificial Palace of the Xiaoling Tomb and the Hidden Fragrance Pavilion in the Plum Blossom Hill. Stone animals,booksmore
This is somewhere between an antique and a flea market - rows of tables with everything jumbled together, quite expensive items mixed with very cheap ones. If you like looking for prizes and seeing things that don't look as if they've been manufactured yesterday, this is the market for you. Mind you, you will have to clean everything off when you...more
The unicorn:" The unicorn, an auspicious creature of ancient Chinese fantasy, integrates the features of the tiger, lion, ox and dragon. As the legend goes, it appeared only in the reign of the benevolent and wise emperor. Therefore, no one expect the emperor had it before his tomb. "Xiezhi :" Xiezhi, a bear-eyed unicorn, also named Renfashou, is a...more
Camel:"The practice of putting stone camels in front of a tomb was initiated after the completion of the Ming Tomb. By doing so the emperor intended to show off his national strength, and symbolize peace in the Western Regions ( inhabited by the minority nationalities) and prosperity of the nation. "Lion:" The lion is generally known as " King of...more
Horse:" The horse was part of the emperor's honor guard during court ceremonies of the Ming Dynasty. Therefore, stone horses were a must in front of the imperial tomb. With spirited eyes and proud look, they seem to be flaunting the merits of their imperial owner before death. "Elephant:" The stone elephants are featured by simplicity and...more
I was boarding the tourist bus in Zijin (Purple) Mountain park and suddenly some people began pushing from the sides and the back. I thought they were just being rude but in hindsight I suspect they were working as a team. I realized my camera was missing in my pants pocket just as the bus was pulling out. All the photos I had taken on my first...more
When shopping at the Fuzi Temple District, be wary of pickpockets. They usually operate in pairs.Our tour guide advised us not to flaunt our wealth and show others our thick wallets when paying for our purchases. Instead, she asked us to just take 100-200 RMB and keep them in our pockets, and use these for payment instead. This way, we would not...more
Admission to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial is FREE. They try to stop you at the gate and extract 10 RMB from you if they can tell that you're a foreigner, but just let them know that you know that it's free and they can't do a thing to you! The LP says it's 10 RMB... but it looks like that's a thing of the past.more
We were looking forward to the shops around the Fuzi Miao - Confucius Temple all through the trip, and were dreadfully disappointed. The area was jampacked with people, over half the shops were thoroughly Western and modern, and the remaining ones all seemed to buy from the same souvenir factory - there were many cheap little items, but they...more
Probably my biggest let down of the Purple Mountain attractions was the Ming Xiao Ling (Ming Filial Tomb). The Ming Xiao Ling is one of the famous Ming Tombs. In fact, built in the late 14th century, it pre-dates all the others and served as a model for them. The tomb was built for Emperor Hongwu. The only building that is relatively interesting is...more
Luggage and bags:
If possible travel light. A carry-on and one standard Pullman is what I would recommend. As with any travel: Secure all valuables and declare them at customs.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear comfortable shoes if sightseeing. The climate is pretty comparable to the four seasons. Summers become exceptionally hot and humid.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all prescribed drugs you need from home. Their pharmacies I found to be quite crude. Get travelers insurance of course. Bring your stomach medicine, asprin and other over the counter drugs from home.
Photo Equipment: You can pretty much find service for your camara, but do not rely on it. Not knowing the language can make an equipment run a bit confusing!
Miscellaneous: Make sure you bring an electrical converter!
During the Jin dynasty (265-420 AD), Wu Yi Xiang (meaning Black Clothes Lane) became the residence of Minister Wang Dao and was later resided by Minister Xie An as well as some other noble families. The residence was restored in 1997. It's located near the Fuzi Temple in the south of the city.Admission: Free.more
Zijinshan Observatory may not be completely off the beaten path, but the road we took to it certainly was. We came up the cable car - see my other tip - and the path from the cable car to the observatory was just bizarre. I think it went around half the mountain, and then entered the observatory gate through a bathroom. The path was extremely...more
The "Cable Car" that you can take up to the top of Purple Mountain (Zijinshan) is actually more of a ski lift. It doesn't stop for you to get on or off - you have to stand and wait for it to hit the back of your knees - and the only safety bar is one you pull over your heads yourself. It looks fairly rusty and every now and then trees will hit your...more
This is where the Jiangsu Dragons train and play basketball. This photo was taken during warmup prior to them playing against the Beijing Oushen team.
There are currently two foreign players in this team, Simeon Haley and Chris Herren, but the latter may not be playing with them anymore since the Spring Festival.I'll have to look that up. The team is at the time of print 2nd in the league, just behind Guangdong Tigers.
Just thought I'd add that..It may or may not be of any thrill to any other VT'ers!
This is the best map I've found of the Zhongshan (Purple Mountain) Scenic Area. It's still hard to see the small print but you get a good idea as to what to see. You can pick up a card map of the scenic area when you visit.http://www.zschina.org/social/images/3-1.jpgmore
While staying in Nanjing one cannot pass up an opportunity to visit the Purple Mountain. This is a large park located on a mountain east of Mochou Lake. The mountain is covered with surprisingly thick vegetation and several worthy attractions the most important of which is the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum. To see all of what the Purple Mountain has to...more
Nanjing has many historical tourist destinations and musuems that can be reached by car, bus or taxis. I had transport and a Shanghainese driver and decided to hire a local tour guide. An English speaking guide is more expensive than a Chinese speaking guide for the whole day. I opted for Chinese as some descriptions cannot be translated.It...more