Sun Yatsens resting place
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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)
We spent our first day in Nanjing visiting the impressive Sun Yatsen mausoleum complex. First stop was the mausoleum itself, which has a huge flight of stairs leading up to it, making it look like a grand temple. For the first time in months, the weather was pleasant and mixed with a steep climb, the layers of clothing, could at last be temporarily removed! Inside the mausoleum was a casket with Sun Yatsen on the lid. It was far more tasteful than Mao's mausoleum in Beijing!
Next stop was the Linggu Pagoda, which was the most impressive pagoda that we had seen in China by far. We decided to get a further workout by climbing the 9 levels, which rose over 60m for some breathtaking views of the surrounding areas.
Back on the ground, we caught a free shuttle train across the complex to take in the Ming Tombs. We didnt spend long around these temple complexes as the main reason for been here was to actually see the Walkway to the tombs, where animals guard the passageway. We had missed this site at the Beijing Ming Tombs, so we were pretty pleased to eventually see the array of animals including elephants, lions, camels, unicorns etc.
Other highlights of our 3 days in Nanjing included a visit to the Yangtze River Bridge, the longest in China at 6772 metres. Although a collosal length and double deckered, to transport both road and rail, the bridge itself wasn't anything exceptional to look at. We also visited the drum and bell towers, Zhonghua Gate, which had some interesting information and characters protecting the ancient Ming City Walls and finally on our last night, the Fuzi Temple. It made for a nice stop and somewhere to spend a few days at a laid back pace.