NanjingThe provincial capital of Jiangsu, Nanjing, has served as the country’s capital for six dynasties and has long occupied a prominent place in Chinese history and culture. The overwhelming neon lights along Qinhuai River, the abundance of greenery in Zhongshan Mountain Tourist Resort, and the remnant architecture from the time of the fledgeling republic are all facets of the richness of various stages in Nanjing’s development.
The CityNanjing is situated on the bank of Yangtze river with its beautiful branch Qinhuai flowing through the city. It prides itself in the Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao) with its market: a melting pot of local culture, customs and cuisine. The Zhongshan Mountain, featuring nationalist hero Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum, Ming Xiaoling, tomb of the founder of the Ming Dynasty, and the abundant greenery in the surroundings, are both a history buff´s and a nature lover’s paradise. Downtown and the Xinjiekou Business Center will reveal a modern and prosperous city, attracting international and as well as domestic shopping malls and supermarkets. At the end of an exciting day, unwind at the 1912 leisure and entertainment area to a mysterious and dazzling night out in Nanjing.
Do & See
Nanjing has numerous scenic spots both in and around the city. Internationally well known Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum or the Ming Tombs and its surrounding complex is an UNESCO cultural heritage and highly recommended. Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum and its surrounding forest area - nicknamed by locals as the green lung of Nanjing – offer a respite from the city, while the glamorous nights and the indigenous snacks of Fuzi Miao (Temple of Confucius) and Qinhuai River are also worth sampling.
Nanjing is the geographical and cultural junction where the southern and northern cuisines meet and integrate into each other. The locals embrace all the traditional genres of dishes and love all the distinctive and authentic snacks as well. The eight distinguished dishes of Qinhuai River will challenge even the pickiest gourmet.
Cafés have become an increasing part of the lifestyle of Nanjing residents. Between the foreign visitors and locals who have embraced the coffee-drinking culture, there is always an easy group gathered in the city’s Western-inspired cafés. Not only, but you can also find some old fashion tea house with traditional opera performance, or if you fancy some innovated Chinese desserts, Yue Shi would be a nice choice.
Bars & Nightlife
No introduction to Nanjing nightlife can be complete without mentioning the 1912 leisure and entertainment area. From the exterior, it is a collection of grey bricked buildings, simply styled balconies, floral carved windows and pinnacle tops, iconic of old China. Yet its soul is comprised of world-branded coffee shops such as Starbucks, the Coffee Beanery, and Kathleen Five Japanese and Korean restaurants famous Asian spas and beauty salons. Open 24 hours, it should definitely be a stop on a night bird’s itinerary in Nanjing.
Shopping in Nanjing is easy and hassle-free. The commercial districts are divided into specialised zones according to what is on sale there. The Xinjiekou - literally new street corner - Business Centre is a good first stop with all that a modern shopper could reasonably wish for, with mall after mall to test the stamina of even the most determined bargain hunters.