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Nanjing, the prosperous capital of Jiangsu Province, is backed with the over 2,000 year history and culture of ten-dynasty capital status. Modern prosperity, old world charm and natural scenes are enclosed in the Ming-dynasty city wall.

Nanjing map
Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum
Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum
Sun Yat-sen's Mausoleum
Zhonghua Gate of Nanjing's City Wall

Nanjing (Chinese character: 南京, Pinyin: Nánjīng ), the capital of Jiangsu Province, is situated at the lower stretches of Yangtze River. The city covers overall 6,516 square kilometers with a population of over 5 million. The advantaged Yangtze River location and variety landscape with mountains, rivers, lakes and upland has made it a civilization breeding cradle and always one of the important cities in China.

Known as the Capital City of Six or Ten Dynasties in China's history, Nanjing boasts heavy cultural legacy. Many prehistoric sites have been explored in or around the city and its recorded history can be traced back to the Warring States period (453–221 BC). This thousand-year-old city has carried the ups-and-downs-filled history: became a strategic object of conflict in Warring States period, served as the capital for over 10 dynasties and the Republic of China and Kuomingtang in 20th century, assigned unequal treaties during Opium War, and suffered the tramp of Japan assault atrocity. Thus in this city, nearly all the major sights are reminders of its past glory and the negative memory like the guardian barrier City Wall that out lives its building Ming dynasty, Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall that is full of the unsettling documents recording 1937 Japanese massacre, Presidential Palace that was built by the Taiping troop and later served as the Kuomingtang office.

At present, this old city, with the 30-year opening up and reformation, still radiates the vigor in its booming industries and east-China communication hub role of the air, water and road. Besides being economically strong, it is also known for its resident-friendly environment. The well-planted boulevards or the winding lanes, landscape dotted with hills and rivers and lakes, forested parks and home to the Chinese famous university has earned it many awards like Habitat Scroll of Honor of China, Special Award of UN Habitat Scroll of Honor and National Civilized City etc. With its cultural and natural and material charm weight, the city has been entitled to hosting 2014 Summer Youth Olympics.

If you are a fan of the Chinese old histories, Nanjing can be one of your easy and pleasant options.

  • Air quality: ★★★☆☆
  • Foreigner-friendly degree: ★★★★
  • Public security degree: ★★★★
  • Hygienic degree: ★★★★
  • Traffic jam degree: ★★★☆☆
  • Internationalization level: ★★★★
  • Consumption level: ★★★★
  • Language: Mandarin, Nankinese (Wu Chinese)
  • Best traveling season: Apr., May., Sep., Oct.
  • Tourist resources: historic relics, culture, cityscape
  • Airport to downtown: 36 km
  • Demographics: Han (98.56%)
  • Key words: ancient capital, temple, prosperous, food, shopping, yuhua pebbles

Local Delicacies: Nanjing Pressed Duck (Banya 板鸭), Boiled Salted Duck (Yanshuiya 盐水鸭), Duck Blood Noodle Soup (Yaxue Fensi 鸭血粉丝汤), Nanjing Toufu Slice with Sauce (Nanjing Gansi 南京干丝), No. 1 Scholar Beans (Zhuangyuandou 状元豆), Sweet Lotus Root Congee (Tangzhou'ou 糖粥藕), Assorted Floods Bean Curd (Shijin Doufulao 什锦豆腐涝)

Local Specialities: Yun Brocade (Yunjin 云锦), Rain Flower Pebbles (Yuhua Shi 雨花石), Jiangning Gold Foil Products (Jiangning Jinbo Zhipin 江宁金箔制品), Velvet (Tian'e Rong 天鹅绒), Antique Finished Ivory Carving (Fanggu Yadiao 仿古牙雕), Nanjing Wood Caving (Nanjing Mudiao 南京木雕), Yuhua Tea (Yuhua Cha 雨花茶), Jinling Folding Fan (Jinling Zheshan 金陵折扇)

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