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Top Things to Do in Nanjing

Nanjing, short as Ning, is the capital city of China's Jiangsu Province. It is located at the east part of China, in the lower part of the Yangtze River. Covering an area of 6,597 square kilometers, it administers 11 districts, inhabiting over 8 million people.
Nanjing has a very long history. It is one of the four Great Ancient Capitals of China, one of the most important birthplaces of Chinese civilization. It has long been the political and cultural center of South China, possessing deep cultural connotation and rich historical legacy. Many dynasties have put their capitals here, including Eastern Wu, Eastern Jin, Song, Qi, Liang, and Chen of the Southern Dynasty, Ming, Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and KMT Government. Numerous poets, scholars, businessmen, singers and etc. clustered in this city, created a prosperous phenomenon.
Put aside its historical legacies, Nanjing itself is a beautiful city. Concentrating various terrains including mountains, rivers, plains, forests together, Nanjing has brilliant natural scenery. Great Yangtze River runs through the east part of the city. Beautiful Xuanwu Lake lies at the foot of the Purple Mountain in the west part of the city. Areas neighbors to Xuanwu Lake are the most prosperous business districts of Nanjing city. Railway station, bus terminals and local snack streets all cluster there. From Xuanwu Lake to the south is the most classic scenic spot of Nanjing city-the Confucius Temple Scenic Area. A great number of ancient Chinese architectures like Confucius Temple, Jiangnan Examination Hall, and Former Residence of Li Xiangjun stand along the banks of the Qinhuai River. Countless local delicacy stalls and mesmerizing views could be found in the nearby areas.
Must-see Attractions
Recommended Hotels in Nanjing
Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel and Towers
Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel and Towers
#33 of 1,605 Hotels in Nanjing
No.169 Hanzhong Road, Baixia District, Nanjing
Hotel Management Group: Sheraton
Surroundings: Chaotian Temple in Nanjing (970m), Nanjing Museum (990m), The Memorial Hall of the Nanjing Massacre (2.8km), Nanjing Deji Plaza (1.3km)
Nanjing New Century Hotel
Nanjing New Century Hotel
#348 of 1,605 Hotels in Nanjing
No.133 Longpan Road, Xuanwu Disrtict, Nanjing
Hotel Management Group: Luxemon Hotels Group
Surroundings: Hongshan Forest Zoo (970m), Xuanwu Lake Park (1.8km), Jiming Temple (2.5km), Nanjing Department Store (1.7km), Pioneer Outlets (1.6km)
Recommended Restaurants in Nanjing
Nanjing Sidewalk Snack Booth
  • It gathers the essence of Nanjing small eats
  • Waiters are dressed in traditional Chinese garments serving you in dieting manners of ancient Chinese
  • In the middle area of restaurant, there is a miniature stage performing Chinese traditional drama
Location: Hunan Pedestrian Street, No.2 Shiziqiao, Hunan Road, Gulou District, Nanjing
Special Dishes: Sweet Root Seedlings, Yuanxiao with Red Bean Stuffing, Steamed Buns with Duck Stuffing, Large Meatball with Broth, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY59/USD10
Da Pai Xiao Chu
  • Possessing an open kitchen, the well-decorated restaurant usually packs with the locals and tourists during rush hours
  • Specialized in authentic Nanjing cuisine as well as enthusiastic service
Location: B1 of Nanjing IFC, No.1 Hanzhong Road, Nanjing
Special Dishes: Duck Tongue with Soy Beans, Jinling Steamed Pork Dumplings, Fired Dumplings, Nanjing Boiled Salted Duck, Glutinous Rice with Braised Pork, Plain Noodle Soup, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY51/USD8
Red Restaurant
  • Dining in Red Restaurant, guests can enjoy the high-end environment as well as fancy dishes
  • Specialized in local cuisines
Location: No.3 Villa of Officers in the beginning of Republic of China, 1912 Block, Taiping North Road, Nanjing
Special Dishes: A Barrel of Shrimps, Braised Crabs with Fried-Rice Cake, Fired Seasonal Vegetables, Braised Pork with Soy Sauce, Sweet and Sour Mandarin Fish.
Average cost per person: CNY143/USD22
Night Shows and Entertainment
Qinhuai Lantern Exhibition
Qinhuai Lantern Exhibition
Highlights: The origin of the exhibition dates back to Six Dynasties; colorful performances of local
Ticket Price: CNY40/USD7
Time: From Spring Festival to Lantern Festival (annually)
Get there from Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel and Towers:
  • By bus: Take bus No.317 at Shigulu Stop and get off at Wudingqiao Stop. (9 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY12/USD2
Get there from Nanjing New Century Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Line3 (Mozhou Donglu Direction) at Nanjing Road Stop and get off at Fuzimiao Stop. (6 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY29/USD5
Famous Art Performance in Nanjing Zijin Grand Theater
Famous Art Performance in Nanjing Zijin Grand Theater
Highlights: A fantastic modern theater with strong atmosphere of art; excellent opera shows and dancing performance throughout China.
Ticket Price: CNY80-1680/USD12-262 (vary according to seats and shows)
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Capacity: 916 seats
Get there from Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel and Towers:
  • By bus: Take bus No.60 at Yongqingxiang Stop and get off at Huaihailudong Stop. (4 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY10/USD2
Get there from Nanjing New Century Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Line3 (Mozhou Donglu Direction) at Nanjing Road Stop and get off at Changzhou Fujie Stop. (5 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY23/USD4
Local Market / Night Street
Deji Plaza
Deji Plaza
Deji Plaza is reputed as "China's top commercial center". It's a comprehensive shopping center that severs with high-quality shopping experience, from luxury goods, international cosmetic brands to supermarket of abroad goods, and global cuisines. Art activities about painting, music, and sculpture are held here. Fashion and art are the eternal theme of Deji Plaza.
Opening hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Things you can buy: international top brands, Nanjing brocade
Get there from Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel and Towers:
  • By bus: Take bus No.9 at Hanzhonglu Mochoulu Stop and get off at Xinjiekoudong Stop. (2 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY10/USD2
Get there from Nanjing New Century Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Line1 (China Medical University Direction) at Nanjing Road Stop and get off at Xinjiekou Stop. (5 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY22/USD3
Hunan Road
Hunan Road
Hunan Road is a well-known commercial center in Nanjing. It's an ancient street constructed in 1927 and transformed successfully into a commercial street later. More than two hundred stores and markets of various types are spreading along the 1,100-meter long street.
Opening hours: All day
Things you can buy: Yuhua Stone, Jinling folding fans
Get there from Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel and Towers:
  • By bus: Take bus No.13 at Hanzhonglu Mochoulu Stop and get off at Shanxilu Stop. (5 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY13/USD2
Get there from Nanjing New Century Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Line1 (China Medical University Direction) at Nanjing Stop and get off at Xuanwumen Stop. (2 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY14/USD2
Nanjing Confucius Temple
Nanjing Confucius Temple
Nanjing Confucius Temple is located in Qinhuai district of Nanjing. It's a historical and cultural center as well as a bustling commercial area. There are many folk culture activities. The grandest one, Qinhuai Lantern Exhibition, is held annually. Cooking culture in Confucius Temple has a high reputation across the nation. Hundreds of flavor snacks are supplied for numerous tourists every day.
Opening hours: All day
Things you can buy: Nanjing porcelain, Jinling gold foil
Get there from Sheraton Nanjing Kingsley Hotel and Towers:
  • By bus: Take bus No.317 at Shigulu Stop and get off at Wudingqiao Stop. (9 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY12/USD2
Get there from Nanjing New Century Hotel:
  • By subway: Take Line3 (Mozhou Donglu Direction) at Nanjing Road Stop and get off at Fuzimiao Stop. (6 stops)
  • By taxi: CNY29/USD5

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