Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China and was the capital of in total six Chinese imperial dynasties. It is a prominent place, boasting time-honored history and profound culture.
The city provides visitors with a great number of historical and cultural sites, including city walls, temples, museums and mausoleums, as well as stunning scenic spots and areas. One of the great activities that you can’t miss is the boating on the Qinhuai River during the evening to enjoy the city’s fantastic night views.
The following are the top 5 attractions in Nanjing, China.
Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum（明孝陵）
Located at the southern foot of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in the eastern suburb of Nanjing City, Jiangsu Province, the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum is the tomb of the first Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) emperor Zhu Yuanzhang and his empress. It is the largest imperial tomb in Nanjing City and one of the largest ancient imperial tombs in all of China. After he was installed as emperor, Zhu Yuanzhang spent over 30 years on the construction of the tomb.
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum（中山陵）
The Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum is the burial site of Sun Yat-sen (1866-1925), a great Chinese democratic revolutionary pioneer. It is situated at the foot of the second peak of Mount Zijin (Purple Mountain) in Nanjing, China.
One of Nanjing’s must-sees would have to be the area surrounding Qinhuai River, the biggest river in the city. It is also the birthplace of ancient Nanjing culture.
The Presidential Palace has been the office and residential place of a number of important officials in Chinese history since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), with a history spanning over 600 years. It now serves as China’s largest museum of the country’s contemporary history.
Close to the city center, Xuanwu Lake is China’s largest imperial lake and one of the three famous lakes in southern China — the other two are Xihu Lake in Hangzhou and Nanhu Lake in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. Bearing the ancient name Sangbo, the lake has a history of over 1,500 years.