Maanshan and the Tang Dynasty Poet Li Bai

Maanshan and the Tang Dynasty Poet Li Bai

The city of Maanshan is located in Anhui Province alongside the Yangtze River and only 30kms from Wuhu and 40kms from Nanjing the capital of Jiangsu Province. The city is home to well over 1 million people.

The city is mostly known for it’s steel and automotive industries, although it remains a city with a liveable feel.

As for tourist attractions, the most notable is the Cai Shi Ji Scenic Area at the base of Cuiluo Mountain. The scenic area is quite large and can easily consume the best part of a day just wandering the traditionally landscaped gardens and exploring the temples. read more

The Presidential Palace Nanjing

The Presidential Palace Nanjing

The Presidential Palace could be thought of as Nanjing’s version of the Forbidden City in Beijing with it once being home to ancient emperors and later political leaders. The palace was also the base for Dr. Sat Yun Sen when he led the Kuomintang party to power in China.

Officially, it is now called the China Modern History Museum yet its history dates back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) when it functioned as a royal palace. It was taken over during the Taiping Rebellion and for ten or more years it served as a base for that revolutions leaders until the Qing government reclaimed Nanjing in 1864.  It was also the KMT’s (Kuomintang) headquarters from 1927 to 1949 from which it ruled the country until Mao Zedong and the CCP took over control and declared Beijing as the capital once again. read more

Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall

In 1937/38  Nanjing was witness to one of the worlds haunting events, being the massacre of some 300000 people at the hands of invading forces. At that time Nanjing was the capital of China and Japanese forces had taken control of the city and during the first six to eight weeks of their occupation had performed indescribable atrocities according to Chinese reports.

The memorial was built in 1985 and later updated and expanded to cover 28000 square meters. It’s located on the original site where the holocaust took place. read more

Nanjing Museum

Nanjing Museum

The Nanjing Museum is quite famous having had many exhibitions abroad and well known for holding some quite rare and valuable pieces of Chinas history, so, better take a look.

The museum features several halls all with different themes including an ancient Chinese jade exhibit, ancient Chinese silk, Chinese copper and bronze works, Ming and Qing period porcelain works and more. There was also a Chinese Lacquering exhibit, which at first doesn’t sound that interesting until you see that some of the items on display date back thousands of years. read more

Confucius Temple Nanjing (Fuzimiao Scenic Area)

Confucius Temple Nanjing (Fuzimiao Scenic Area)

A shopping market packed inside the historic buildings surrounding the Confucius Temple, aka Fuzimiao, 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 passing 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 were met with a river alit with color.

Cobblestone streets run alongside the Qin Huai river and old stone bridges run across which made a perfect place to enjoy the colorful display of lights on show and the performance taking place on the boat. Not sure if it happens every night but it was on this particular Sunday night. You’ll also notice a long screen wall featuring dragons along the bank of the river near Wende Bridge (文德桥). read more

Zhonghuamen Gate Nanjing

Zhonghuamen Gate Nanjing

Like many of Chinas ancient cities Nanjing was once a walled city. The walled city featured sever gates but the south gate is quite special for a number of reasons. One visible reason is that it looks more like a castle than a gate.

It took over 20 years to build beginning in 1366 and features an entry with four arched doorways, three internal courtyards, storage tunnels and wide ramps either side of the courtyards leading to the top of the wall.

It remains standing today some say due to the high importance placed on quality of construction, if you look closely at the walls bricks you can still see the individual markings on the bricks identifying the bricks maker. read more

Welcome to Nanjing inc. The Top Ten Attractions/Hotels and Eats

Welcome to Nanjing inc. The Top Ten Attractions/Hotels and Eats

Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province, is a beautiful, charming and ancient city that has a progressive feel. It has a long history dating back as far as 472 BC, and has been the home of many of China’s emperors thus giving the city a rich treasure trove of cultural relics and historic sites. 

Nanjing’s rich history traces back to 495BC and has been the country’s capital on more than one occasion. It was the capital of the Ming empire from 1368 to 1421 during which time it was also believed to be one of the largest cities in the world. read more