Dr Sun Yat Sen was one of the pioneers at the forefront in the struggle to transform China from a dynastic feudal state to a republic for the people. He continues to be celebrated and the plan of his mausoleum is in a shape of an alarm bell, signifying the “perpetual ringing of the alarm bell to arouse people”. Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum is a classic building in architecture of the first days of the Republic of China.
The tomb of Zhu Yuanzhang, the first emperor of the Ming dynasty, is the first of the imperial tombs of the Ming and Qing dynasties. It took 38 years to complete the construction of the Ming Tomb which, through a history of over 600 years, was incorporated into the UNESCO World heritage list in 2003.
During the imperial times, Fuzi Miao was a place where the scholars would come to take the royal examinations, testing them on their knowledge of Confucius teachings. Upon passing, the top students would go on to work in the royal courts and aides govern state affairs. This historical aspect is just one of the reasons why this newly reconstructed area is popular with visitors. Other attractions along the Qinhuai River include the Bailu Zhou Gard, Zhanyuan Garden, Zhonghua Gate and a boat ride on the Qinhuai River in the evening.
Qixia Mountain is located in northeastern Nanjing, 22 kilometres from downtown. A notable scenic spot, the Qixia temple has a carved Buddhist rock from the Southern Dynasty and dagoba (built in the manner of a solid hemispherical dome enshrining religious relics or the remains of kings) from the Sui Dynasty. The maple trees on the mountain are fiery red in the autumn, a fascinating treat for anyone daring the high climb to the mountain top.
Whether it is daytime or night, this is always one of the most prosperous and popular business streets in Nanjing and it is frequented by the young and trendy. The Shizi Qiao is where both the popular snack selling booths and restaurants and cafés gather.
The 1912 leisure and entertainment area is the complex adjacent to the presidential palace used during Republican era. It is representing a special historical period of Nanjing and it symbolises the city’s cultural taste and profound history. Today it is the location for assorted bars, clubs, cafes and restaurants.
Jinling Hotel is one of the oldest five-star hotels in Nanjing. The Plum Garden is named after the beautiful flower symbolizing the cultural and historic image of Nanjing and the decoration here adds plum blossom patterns to every detail. It serves a variety of dishes mainly featuring the Huaiyang dishes. The seafood consommé with pastry and boiled salted duck are the dishes to try.
The elderly waiter at the door speaks Nanjing dialect to welcome every customer. The décor evokes is the busy and bustling feeling of ancient Nanjing streets. It is a cultural dining experience accentuated by the tasty sweet yam, braised meat and glutinous rice balls with red bean.
If you're looking for great steak, wonderful dishes and an elegant atmosphere, try Vancouver Grill in Nanjing. They offer just the best of Canadian cuisine and have a great selection of wine to offer with your dinner. Let the friendly staff take care for you and stick to the smart casual dress code.
This gourmet burger bar and cafe from New Zealand is a popular place among tourist and locals alike. The mouth-watering burgers are made with 100% organic grass-fed beef and the buns are from a bakery in Nanjing. On the drink menu you will find imported beers from NZ so stop by to see what all the fuss is about.
This café offer coffee supplied from Costa´s Roastery in central London. They serve delicious drinks like cookie caramel latte, hazelnut cappuccino, mint hot chocolate and tasty desserts like cheesecake, chocolate truffle and tiramisu. You will certainly find some mouth-watering sweets and beverages.
Sculpting in Time is a favourite café among students, expats and teachers. They serve delicious teas and coffee in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. If you are feeling hungry you can choose something from the breakfast/brunch menu. You should try the cheesecake and brownies which may be the best in town. A warm place to spend an afternoon and chatting with friends.
Xinjiekou Business Centre is the most prosperous trading and cultural centre of Nanjing. Deji Plaza, Jinying International Shopping Centre, Nanjing Xinbai, Oriental Business City, Dayang and many other large shopping malls are located here. It’s prime place for shopping and relaxing.
Xinjiekou has a good collection of booksellers including the Popular Bookstore, Foreign Language Bookstore, Education Bookstore, Xinhua Bookstore and many private bookstores selling reference literature. The Avant Garde Bookstore, the cultural symbol of Nanjing, is located at the underground plaza of Oriental Business City.
The two roads are close to each other, enclosing the second largest shopping place in Nanjing. The Hunanlu Road is the place where pedestrians can shop at all kind of stores including many exclusive clothes stores. The Shiziqiao (the lion bridge) is a popular street to sample local and exotic snacks.
Ninghai Road, near Nanjing University, is the place to pick up CD´s or DVD´s. Many Chinese and foreign college students like to hang out here getting the latest movies or albums. There are also some street markets selling back-issues of foreign magazines and second-hand books.
Nanjing Lukou International Airport is located in the southeastern corner and 35.8 km from Nanjing city. The Airport Express leaves every 30 minutes between 6:00 and 20:30 at the Zhonghuamen long-distance passenger depot which is next to the Zhonghuamen metro station. To get there by metro, get of at Zhonghuamen metro station or take bus services 2, 38, 16, 39, 49, 111 or 116 to Xijie Street stop or Runtai market stop. Taxi cabs are offered 24 hours on the first floor of the Arrival Terminal.
Nanjing metro is not only environmentally friendly, but also convenient. The tickets are sold in the metro stations. The daily operating hours are from 05:40 to 23:10. The public bus system is extensive but may be a little difficult for those who do not speak Chinese. Most buses run between 06:30 and 21:00.
It is convenient and simple to travel by taxi in Nanjing. The taxis are all painted in green. There are some taxi stands on the main streets in Nanjing but the simplest way is just to hail a taxi near the train station, the airport, bus stops, scenic spots or the hotels. It is also advised to use the meter instead of bargaining with the cab driver, however if you travel to suburban areas of Nanjing, then you should bargain with the driver before you get in the taxi.