The city of Nanjing, located on the shore of the Yangtze River, has been a prominent location in China for well over two thousand years. It has had an interesting history. In fact, it spent three months in 1912 as the capital of China. The capital soon moved to Beijing.
Visitors to the city will find a great number of attractions that will keep them happy and busy for the entire length of their vacation. From towers and tombs to zoos, there is always something to do.
The Jiangsu Museum
The exhibits you will find in the Jiangsu Museum date back more than 5000 years. You can see pottery, scrollwork, paintings, and jade sculptures. Those who are interested in the history of the country will love the ancient artifacts they can find here.
Quite a few of the Gates of Nanjing that belong to the once prominent city wall surrounding Nanjing are still around and make for great places to view the city and take pictures. The last wall was erected sometime during the 1300s AD, and you can see the care and workmanship that went into the creation of the wall. It is quite impressive.
The Nanjing Zoo and the Xuan Wu Lake
Located close to Xuan Wu Lake is the Nanjing Zoo, a great place to see the rare and gorgeous giant panda. The Xuan Wu Lake, often filled with lotus blossoms, is in the northern section of the city. The lake is a lovely place to visit, particularly in the summer when you can take a swim.
The Sacred Way
Take a walk along the Sacred Way, a pathway that was once used by the royals in the Ming Dynasty. Along the way, you will see giant carved stone animals the stand along either side of the path. After passing through a gate, you can join with a path that will lead you to the emperor's tomb.
The Ming Tomb
This tomb holds the body of the emperor who founded the Ming Dynasty, as well as that of the empress. To stand there and realize that you are that close to such an important historical figure is enthralling. It is something that you don't want to miss on your visit to Nanjing.
The former capital of China holds so many wonderful things for you to see and explore that you might just have to make a return trip!