Nestled along the lower sections of the Yangzi River in the Jiangsu Province, Nanjing sits as the capital of the province itself, and is one of the most important cities in the history of China. The capital of China for six different dynasties as well as a period of time for the Republic of China itself, the city could be considered one of the most important educational, cultural, and historical cities throughout the entire country. It is second only to Shanghai in terms of commercial size, with a population close to five million people living in the shelter of the Yangtze Basin.
The question “what to do” when visiting Nanjing is a nonexistent one. Regardless where you step foot for the first time you are surrounded by history and culture. From the Presidential Palace, home to many of the former leaders of the country during the city’s last heyday as a political center, to places like the Nanjing Museum, home to a massive collection of Chinese artifacts and cultural murals, most important among them being the details regarding Zheng He, a eunuch admiral during the Ming Dynasty who sailed at least as far as Africa, according to the historical records. Beyond that there are places like Confucius’ Temple, or the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge. Visit the Purple Mountain, containing the tombs of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty, or the beauty of the Sun Palace. See the island of Xuanwu Hu, or simply browse the antique market at Chaotiangong.
Nanjing is rich in Chinese culture and history, and it is impossible to come here without being moved in some way by your experiences. From places like the Spirit Way in the Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum to the Jiming Buddhist Temple and everything in between, you will literally find yourself thrust into the heart of the Chinese world. There is no better way to experience a Chinese adventure than in Nanjing.