Nanjing Travel Guide

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    old women in Xuan Wu Lake Park
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Nanjing Highlights

  • Pro
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     Good Shopping, Good Restaurants, Very Clean. 

  • Con
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     "Burning furnace in summer" 

  • In a nutshell
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     I wouldn't mind coming back here again, if just for the shopping 

Nanjing Things to Do

  • Ming Tomb

    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...

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  • Dr Sun Yat Sen Mausoleum

    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...

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  • Confucius Temple - Fuzi Miao

    The original Confucian Temple was built in 1034 but was continuously detroyed and rebuilt over the years. The temple you see today was rebuilt after being burnt down by the Japanese during WWII. Nevertheless, it is one of the most famous and most well-known Confucian temples in China. Despite the commercialism of the surrounding Qinhuai area, the...

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Nanjing Restaurants

  • Don't Miss The Indian & Pakistani...

    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...

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  • good western food, but expensive

    come here for a great burger, nice atmosphere, outdoor seating. Had a burger yesterday (RMB 90!). Serivice average, location great. burger - good meat, fresh bun

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  • Great cheap Japanese fast food

    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...

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Nanjing Nightlife

  • Entertainment complex

    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...

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  • real Irish bar

    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...

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  • Neon lights and hive of activity

    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...

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Nanjing Transportation

  • Bus to Zhongshan Hill Scenic Area

    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...

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  • Nanjing Metro

    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...

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  • Nanjing Railway Station

    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...

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Nanjing Shopping

  • Foreign food

    I stumbled across this shop on my way from the Xuanwu Lake to the Shiziqiao Food Street. It sells a variety of foreign foods, sweets and liquor but prices are accordingly higher than prices for foreign goods at larger supermarkets or grocery stores.Open: 10am-10pm.

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  • Postcards,stamps,medals

    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,books

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  • Great Antique/Flea Market

    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...

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Nanjing Local Customs

  • Unicorn & Ziezhi (Bear-eyed Unicorn)

    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...

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  • Camel & Lion

    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...

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  • Horse & Elephant

    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...

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Nanjing Warnings and Dangers

  • Lost my camera in Nanjing

    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...

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  • Pickpockets in Fuzi Temple District

    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...

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  • FREE Admission to Nanjing Massacre...

    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.

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Nanjing Tourist Traps

  • Fuzi Miao - Confucius Temple

    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...

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  • Expensive cup of tea

    Whatever you do don't decide to have a cup of Oolong tea in Yuejiang Tower. It will cost you 30 Yuan!! and... it won't be that nice!!

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  • The Ming Xiao Ling (Ming Filial Tomb).

    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...

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Nanjing What to Pack

  • by The_Rabbit Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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!

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Nanjing Off The Beaten Path

  • Wang Dao-Xie An's Residence

    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.

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  • Ancient Astronomical Instruments and...

    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...

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  • Scary cable car - great view!

    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...

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Nanjing Sports & Outdoors

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    Warming up before the big game

    by sugarpuff Written Jan 27, 2004

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    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!

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Nanjing Favorites

  • Map of Zhongshan (Purple Mountain)...

    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.jpg

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  • A Day on the Purple Mountain

    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...

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  • Getting a local guide or not

    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...

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Mochou Lake
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Presidential Palace
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Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre
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Ming Palace Ruins
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City Wall
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Museum
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Presidential Palace
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Mochou Lake
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Ming Palace Ruins (Past)
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: Stone Elephant Road Sacred Way
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: Wengzhong Path
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: Lingxing Gate
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 14) Treasure Mound
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 13) Ming Tower & Citadel
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 12) Ascension Bridge
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 11) Inner Red Gate
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 10) Sacrificial Hall (ruined)
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 9) The Western Hall (ruined)
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 8) The Eastern Hall (ruined)
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 7) Imperial Tablet Hall
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 5) Imperial Kitchen (ruined)
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Ming Xiaoling Tomb: 2) Civil and Military Gate
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Zhongshan Scenic Area: Ming Xiaoling Tomb
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum: The Sacrificial Hall
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum: The Stele Pavilion
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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum & The Gate
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Linggu Temple Site: The Cemetery
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Linggu Temple Site: The Beamless Hall
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Linggu Temple Site: The Stone Tortoise
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Linggu Temple Site: The Archway
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Zhongshan Hill Scenic Area (Zijing Mountain)
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Zhongshan Gate
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Nanjing 1912
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Presidential Palace:Executive Yuan Office Building
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Presidential Palace: Taiping Lake
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Presidential Palace: Stables
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Presidential Palace:Sun Yat-Sen's Former Residence
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Presidential Palace: The Zichao Building
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Presidential Palace: Hall Way & Reception Building
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Nanjing Library
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