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Nanjing Travel Guide


Nanjing has seen its shares of ups and downs, going from an imperial capital to the capital of the Taiping Rebellion in Chinese history and later became the capital of the Republic of China. Sights telling the story of China's past and memorials to the events that shaped modern China are strewn all over this pleasant city.

The capital of Jiangsu has seen its fair share of crucial historical events. With the Yangtze River on one side, surrounded by the Purple Mountain and shielded by massive city walls, Nanjing was perceived as impenetrable but the city has been destroyed and rebuilt on several occasions. Today Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu Province, one of Chinas most economically vibrant provinces, receiving a big chunk of the foreign investment in China.

Nanjing, meaning southern capital, was the seat of six dynasties and more recently, the Republic of China when under Nationalist leadership. In the context of Chinese politics, Nanjing came into the spotlight when a peasant revolt ousted the Yuan dynasty from the city in 1356. The rebel leader later became the first emperor of the Ming dynasty. Nanjing was bombarded by the British during the First Opium War, which lasted from 1840 to 1842, and the subsequent Treaty of Nanjing, the first of the unequal treaties that China was forced to sign after its defeat gave foreign powers privileges over China that would cripple the nation. During the Taiping Rebellion, from 1850 to 1864, Nanjing was made capital by rebels who controlled most of southern and central China. The city was renamed The Heavenly Capital and only with the help of foreign powers and after untold carnage, was the Qing dynasty able to retake Nanjing.

Nanjing Memorable Experience
Immersing yourself in China's ancient and not so ancient history on the Purple Mountain.
Strolling around the Confucius Temple and Qinhuai River area, tasting the snacks and watching romantic couples sailing around in boats.
Getting wiser on Nanjing and Chinese history in one of the city's museums.

Top Nanjing Tours

18 Days Majestic China Tour

  • Tour Code: MC-0226
  • Days: 18
  • Destination: Shanghai-Guiyang-Kaili-Xijiang-Suzhou-Nanjing

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Summary: Experience the grandeur of China and enjoy all the marvels and the most beautiful landscape under heaven..

15 Days Classic China Tour - A

  • Tour Code: CCG17
  • Days: 15
  • Destination: Being-Xian-Nanjing-Hangzhou-WuxiSuzhou-Shanghai-Hangzhou

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Summary: Experience the natural wonders and culture of China by taking this Classic China Tour..

6 Days Eastern China Tour

  • Tour Code: TT01
  • Days: 6
  • Destination: Hangzhou-Shanghai-Suzhou-Nanjing

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Summary: Train travel in East China, visit Hangzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou and Nanjing. High quality and reasonable price..

15 Days Classic China Tour-B

  • Tour Code: CCG16
  • Days: 15
  • Destination: Beijing-Xian-Nanjing-Suzhou-Shanghai-Hangzhou-Beijing

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Summary: 2014 China Classic Tour leisurely takes you around some of China's most captivating and enchanting places. Designed for first time travellers to China..

Exploring Rural China

  • Tour Code: ER11
  • Days: 12
  • Destination: Taiyuan-Pingyao-Nanjing-Yellow Mountain-Shanghai-Guilin-Yangshuo

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Summary: A China rural tour to the most fascinating and unspoiled countryside will surely ease your mind. Selected destinations: Pingyao, Huangshan, Yixian, and Zhujiajiao..