A shopping market packed inside the historic buildings surrounding the Confucius Temple makes for a popular place to visit in Nanjing, be it night or day.
It was night when we first strolled into the area and after strolling past the traditional old Chinese gate and past the Pizza Hut, KFC and various clothes shops that have wiggled there way into the old buildings we where met with a river alight with color.
Cobblestone streets run alongside the river and old stone bridges run across which made a perfect place to enjoy the colorful display of lights on show and the performace taking place on the boat. Not sure if it happens every night but it was on this particular Sunday night.
It’s a great place for a casual stroll, light shopping and theres plenty of options for lunch or dinner including western or chinese style.
Whilst it’s free to wander around the market area and the river, there is a charge for entering the Confucius Temple itself albeit not too expensive. There is also a large modern mall, Nanjing Aqua City, nearby on Jiankang Rd.
Address: 秦虹路1号 Confucius Temple Scenic Area Pedestrian Street, Qinhuai, Nanjing
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