Nanjing was the capital of 10 Chinese dynasties, including Ming (capital from 1368-1421) and the Republic of China (capital from 1368-1421). Historical sites are key for tourism.
Roughly a third of the Ming City Wall still stands today. Visitors are permitted to stroll along the 600-year-old wall at three former gates: Zhonghuamen, Taicheng and Shitoucheng.
Located in the lower Yangtze River drainage basin and Yangtze River Delta economic zone, Nanjing is home to one of the world’s largest inland ports. Nanjing is also one of the fifteen sub-provincial cities in China’s administrative structure.
Nanjing has always been a cultural centre attracting intellectuals from all over the country. In the Tang and Song dynasties, Nanjing was a place where poets gathered and composed poems reminiscent of its luxurious past; during the Ming and Qingdynasties, the city was the official imperial examination centre (Jiangnan Examination Hall) for the Jiangnan region, again acting as a hub where different thoughts and opinions converged and thrived.
Today, with a long cultural tradition and strong support from local educational institutions, Nanjing is commonly viewed as a â€œcity of cultureâ€ and one of the more pleasant cities to live in China.Other iconic attractions include Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum on Zijin Mountain, Ming Emperor Tomb and the Memorial Hall of Victims in Nanjing Massacre. The 4.72-square kilometer Xuanwu Lake Park was the largest Imperial lake garden in China’s history.
GETTING AROUND IN NANJING
Public transportation is the best way of getting around in the bustling city of Nanjing. It is advised to get Nanjing Public Utility IC Card which is available from any metro station or departmental stores. The card can be used on the metro, all city buses, cross-river ferries, taxis and in some Suguo convenience stores
By Metro/subway: The metro is a clean, cheap, safe and fast way of getting from point A to B quickly. There are currently 4 lines connecting the city and the suburbs. For more information about the cost of your ride and time please search and download the â€œNanjing Metroâ€ free app on your smart phone.