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Dr.Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum

The mausoleum of Dr. Sun, the great revolutionary forerunner of china, is situated at the southern foot of the Purple Mountain. The mausoleum began its construction in the spring of 1926 and was completed in the spring of 1929. It covers an area of 80,000 square meters, and is 73 meters above the ground and 158 meters above sea level, with a 392-step granite stairway leading up to the memorial hall. The layout of the structure is designed in liberty bell.

Qinhuai River Bazaar

The Qinhuai River, a branch of the mighty Yangtze River has nursed the rich civilization of the region. The inner river of the river once was the famous red-light districts throughout the nation in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Painted boats with red lanterns once shuttled to and fro, heavily made-up, gifted almes all became historical things. A busy colourful bazaar has gradually taken shape here. Now the flourishing riverside area can be compared to the Nanjing Road of Shanghai and some do call it the "Mini Nanjing Road". Small shops, stores, restaurants and bars cluster the area. You can find everything here ranging from colourful trinkets to local specialties. If you are good at bargaining you will be able to purchase some very cheap items here.

At night the whole area is lit up with colourful lights thus creating a very impressive scene. A lively street market is set up in the area and both locals and tourists take part in the bargain hunt. Taking a leisurely stroll along the riverside, seeing the Chinese vendors doing their business or boarding a colourfully decorated boats flowering through the aged river will be a memorial experience.  

This place is very popular with the locals and many see or buy their items here, or they just hang out around the area. Many foreigners find it a good place to taste the local cuisine. The many snack stalls dotted within the area offer a range of food: (Baozi) steamed buns-stuffed with pork, and other delicate fillings, Bawei Dawei doufunao (eight-flavoured jellied bean curd pastries) roasted beef, salty duck, animal stomach, chicken feet (phoenix feet) and much more.  In addition it is a good place for photo opportunities.

Confucius Temple

South of the city center, the Confucius Temple in Nanjing is located on the bank of the Qinhuai River. Built in Song Dynasty, it is the place of worshipping and offering sacrifices to Confucius. Now it becomes the center on commerce and tourism with the Jiangnan (southern bank of the Yangtze River) Ming and Qing Dynastys architectural characteristic after its recent expansion, renovation and restoration. Accomplished the secondary reconstructing project on the basis of its original scale in 1997, the dainty snacks street, Wang's and Xie's old residences in Wuyi Lane and the Oriental Art Courtyard been added to increase the culture atmosphere in the temple area.

Hunan Road

When in Nanjing another good place for your night-time is the prosperous Hunan Road. Hunan Road to Nanjing is just as well known as the internationally known Nanjing Road to Shanghai. The several hundred meters long street is lined with impressive skylines. There are hundreds of clothes shops, department stores and up-market restaurants and many well-known international brand-names can be found in this street. The Shiziqiao Food Street in this area is a paradise for gourmets.

For a taste of the local flavours, one recommendation is Shiziqiao Street, in conjunction with Hunanlu Street. It is my policy to try the most indigenous local food wherever I go. For that reason the Nanjing Dapaidang restaurant is one good choice. Its deliberate antique decorations as well as the furniture indicate a clear vow to provide a flavour that is one hundred percent local.

There are so many choices but we can only recommend a few here we are. This is Shizitou, an easy one to remember, the head of a lion. This one is the root of the lotus. This one is Luhao, vegetable only available in this part of China and the last one, this one I've never heard of, it's called Tang Yumiao, sweet little taros.

Linggu Temple

First built in Liang Period of the Southern Dynasty and was later moved to the present site due to the construction of the Ming Tomb. Nevertheless, the Beamless Hall in the temple complex is the original architecture left by the Ming Dynasty. The other historic relics include the Tablet of Three Great Artists, the Pine Wind Pavilion and the Linggu Pagoda, etc.

Presidential House (western Garden)

Now days, it has been turned out into China Modern Historical Museum. Inside, there are the former site of the Provisional Presidential Office of Dr. Sunyat sen and the Taipin Heavenly Kingdom Palace.

Night performance at Zhanyuan Garden

This performance features the Ming Dynasty culture. Its innovative creation and perfectly integrated unique stage settings, including coloured lanterns, traditional architecture, charming garden scenery of the garden set the background for an excellent stage performance.

Zhanyuan is the most beautiful garden in Nanjing. Its night scene is especially charming with coloured lights.


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